Our Work in Latin America and the Caribbean
Microfinance Partner: Sembrar Sartawi
“Sartawi” means “lift oneself” in the Aymara language; the Aymara are a native people that live in the Andean highlands, in the high plateau between the eastern and western chains of the Andes, stretching nearly 500 miles to the Chilean and Argentine borders.
Sembrar Sartawi provides financial services with a comprehensive approach and through the lens of gender equity, especially for rural and peri-urban populations. Sembrar Sartawi works to foster clients’ capacity to generate profits in the agricultural sector and thus contribute to improving clients’ quality of life.
By supporting their Village Banking loan product, WPF is supporting Sartawi to provide loan capital to over 1,000 rural, smallholder farmers in Potosi, Cochabamba, and Choquisaca, Bolivia.
Microfinance Partner: Fundacion Paraguaya
Delia runs a masonry business with a microloan from Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partner Fundacion Paraguaya. She learned stone masonry from her father, who started the business she now runs. She took out a loan for $1,000 to help her grow the business, which employs eight other community members.
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Microlending Projects in Latin America and the Caribbean
Name: Benita Location: Haiti
Microfinance Partner: Fonkoze
Benita has been a client of Whole Planet Foundation microfinance partner Fonkoze for many years. She started out as a street vendor and by virtue of hard work, long hours and additional small loans from Fonkoze, Benita was able to build a store in her front yard two years ago. With the help of her children, Benita not only runs the store but also runs a bread and sweet pastries business. Benita uses her profits to buy livestock, a valuable asset she can pass on to her children when they marry.