A loan of $7,000 helped a member to purchase three basic computers to set up a small internet café in his community.

Santa Rita #2 Group's story

Johon, 27, lives in Santa Rita, and studies in San Lorenzo. He lives with his 79 year old grandmother who oversees the sowings on her land in a community of this canton. This is Johon’s third loan. This time he is requesting a loan of $1,000, which he will invest in the purchase of three basic computers to set-up a small internet café in his community. Johon considered this business because there is no competition and the students have to travel to San Lorenzo because this service isn’t available in their community. The people in this town work in the fields, sowing bananas, and in logging operations. Many of the people work for palm cultivation companies, and the women are engaged in panning (searching for gold in the river using small wooden containers). The group members found out about the loans with Fodemi through “Visión Mundial” [World Vision] and their “Nuevo Amanecer” [New Dawn] project. Johon knows the members of his group well, and he is certain that he will continue working well with all of them. He says that he had several difficulties with his previous business, raising chickens, and was unable proceed with the activity. For this reason, and to meet the needs of the young students that need this tool, the internet, he decided to set up an internet café. In the future, he hopes to have a small branch in Carondelet because the students also live in the same situation.

In this group: Mariuse Kiteria, Veronica Elizabeth, Carmen Rus, Johon Fajardo, Lenin Francisco, Enny Mercedes, Silvia Patricia, Ester Maria, Jorge Luis

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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