Angelina started her school business in 1997 with five pupils. So talented was she that she was invited to become a partner in a larger school in 1998. School enrollment grew to 220 students but when the partnership dissolved, Angelina was left without enough income to improve the facilities or rent a larger space.
In 2001, Angelina heard about a new organization called FINCA. She was one of the first to join the program. She used her first loan of $80 to purchase school supplies for the children. Subsequent loans have allowed Angelina to purchase furniture and open a shop nearby. The school and shop now employ eight other community residents. But Angelina says she has six more reasons to be glad she’s a member of FINCA:
I am able to provide free education in my school for six orphans.