“I am a 58-year-old woman. I live in Croix-des-Bouquets, a little city in Cul-de-Sac Plain. When I grew up, my mother supported us by retailing groceries. My father died when I was a baby. I started selling coffee when I was 12 years old. “I am a mother of two young men. A year ago, I started selling peas, fruit and vegetables. I purchase from farmers and then sell at home. I needed money to expand my little business. A friend told me about FINCA and invited me to a Village Bank named Fanm Vayan (Valiant Women). I accepted, and took part in a meeting. I appreciated the solidarity of the women and decided to become a member. After several meetings where the loan officer explained loan management to me, I received my first loan of 6,000 gourdes ($137). This loan helped me buy more peas and vegetables. I repaid on time, and I am now managing a loan of 9,000 gourdes ($207).
FINCA loans are really important for me because they don’t ask me for collateral, and I repay on a monthly basis, which is better for me and helps me put more money in my business a little longer. My business is more profitable now, and I am glad that FINCA is my partner. I am already thinking what other produce I can add to my business with my next loan.”