Because of the help of generous people like you, FTW has been able to fund several people in need this month through Kiva, we are happy to share their stories with you in this monthly report.
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FTW helped the Ecatepec Group in Mexico to pay for PV systems installed in their houses.
The members of Ecatepec Group are Mexican farmers who live in one of the 800 localities of the State of Oaxaca without plans to be electrified by power lines. They decided to install Small Solar Home Systems (SSHS) in their houses in order to have a basic electricity service. Funding is asked for financing those SSHS, which will be paid back with the monthly fee that these men pay for maintenance services during the first year of operation.
Severo, standing seventh from the left in the back row, is a 36-year-old farmer who lives with his wife and four young children in a remote house. Now, with the four hours of lighting provided by the three lamps of the SSHS, the two sons and two daughters of Severo may do their homework more easily. Visit their fund here: http://www.kiva.org/lend/826167
Manuela (on the far left in the photograph) is well-known in her community for being such a pleasant and responsible individual. She is 38 years old and has 4 children: 2 of whom are working professionally, one more works outside of their community and her youngest is still studying. She and her family live in a community in Guineales. Manuela is very disciplined in her work and is a shy lady who has managed to overcome life’s difficulties. She is involved in various activities which allow her to generate an income: she grows coffee and bananas, she works with textiles and she embroiders güipiles, traditional Guatemalan ladies’ blouses. She believes that she is very lucky to have such a range of activities.
Manuela uses her income to pay for her family’s needs, such as starting a project to build their own home and supporting her children while they are at school and, consequently, she is happy because her and her family are beginning to prosper. This time, Manuela needs a loan to help her to maintain her coffee plants as she has to buy supplies and pay labor costs so that she can reap a good coffee harvest.
Manuela will be applying for this loan as part of her communal bank group as ADICLA permits group loans due to their farming program, and the repayments will be made once the loan has been used; this is a favorable arrangement for farmers. Manuela’s dream is to finish building her home and to buy more plots of land so that she can continue to grow coffee. View their fund here: http://www.kiva.org/lend/836184
William is a thirty-eight-year-old hardworking man with six children living in Fort Portal, Uganda. He sells maize flour and at the same time owns a motorcycle, from which he generates a weekly income worthy of 50,000 shillings per week. He faces challenges of limited capital, which hinders the progress of his business. Despite this, he has hopes of educating all his children to higher levels of learning. William needs a loan to buy an electric motor, which is a machine he will use to mill the maize that he sells. View his fund here: http://www.kiva.org/lend/830583
Samet’s group lives in a rural village in Prey Veng province in Cambodia. Samet makes a living cultivating rice and he also does extra work as tailor maker of traditional clothes and hose maker to support his family. In their village there is no reliable access to safe, clean drinking water. Having a water filter at home will help each of these women and man to safeguard the health of their families and save money on medical expenses and save time collecting fuel and boiling water. View their fund here: http://www.kiva.org/lend/836348
FTW helped Meshack in Kenya to buy more stock of clothes and shoes to sell.
Meshack is a married man. He has 10 children. He describes himself to be honest. He operates a retail business where he sells shoes, clothes and other items. He has been involved in this business for four years. His business is located in an area fit for the business, and his primary customers are the general public. He describes his biggest business challenge to be insufficient working capital.
He will use the Kes 20,000 loan to buy more stock of clothes and shoes. View his fund here: http://www.kiva.org/lend/846356
AND LIGUEY NDIAKHATE is a group of women made up of 9 people. They live in the same neighbourhood and undertake the same business. NDOUMBE is the president, she is raising her hand in the photo.
She is married and a mother who is developing the commercialisation of fishery products. She has more than 10 years’ experience and she is requesting this loan to increase her stock of merchandise.
She helps her husband to manage the daily expenses of the family and the school costs of her children. She starts her day at 8.00 and finishes at 18.00.
In the future, she would like to travel to Turkey and Dubai to buy merchandise and diversify her business. View their fund here: http://www.kiva.org/lend/837165