Each semester, students within the GLOBE program view and select entrepreneurs from our international communities in which to provide loans.
Please view samples of some of the international entrepreneurs you can help to support:
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 30Business: TradeLoan Amount: $350 Personal and Family Information: 30 year old woman married with three children
Celine Loko is a married 30 year old woman with three children. Celine is one of the youngest selected applicants of the Congo.
Celine plans on using the loan to purchase food, cosmetics, and other various small items to re-sell in the city of Mbandaka. Her children’s education and well being rely on the success of Celine’s business. There is no doubt that Celine will put in the necessary time and effort into running her business.
GLOBE loan recipient Celine Loko at her business**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Celine has opened her business. Given the socio - economic situation that prevails in the region, Celine has requested a grace period of three months. This brings the total duration of the loan to 15 months.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 48 years oldBusiness: BakeryLoan Amount: $300 Personal and Family Information: Mother of six children and provides five of them with an education
Marthe Boombe is a mother of six children. She currently supports and provides for five of them with food, a home and an education. She wants to continue
being able to provide an education for her children and would like to also ensure the survival of her family.
Marthe already has a small bakery but, would like to improve the working conditions. She currently would like to rebuild her furnace and buy some supplies to help her expand her business. Some of the supplies she would purchase for use in her bakery would include plates, flour, and yeast.**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Given the changes in the marketplace, Mrs. Boombe converted her business from selling bread to selling fish.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 45 years oldBusiness: Fish TradingLoan Amount: $450 Personal and Family Information: Married with eight children
Siska is a married mother of eight children. Siska currently sells fish. She has previously taken out a loan in order to start up her business and she was able to be successful and profit from sales thus far. She is taking out this loan to increase her business, to better provide for her family and her children's education. Due to the success from her previous loan, we belive that she will be a successful borrower.**Update as of June 7, 2011: The image above shows Mrs. Ombolo at her business selling fish to customers.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 44 years oldBusiness: Rice FarmLoan Amount: $450 Personal and Family Information: Farmer married with six children
Mr. Bolemba lives in Mbandaka, Congo and would like to use the loan in hopes of reinforcing his current business. He is married with 6 children. He is a rice farmer. Congo agriculture is heavily invested in the rice market as one of its staple food sources. With the current surge in rice prices worldwide, Mr. Bolemba will be able to use the loan to better compete with other farmers and offer the rice at a cheaper price because of our low interest rate.
Richard owns enough land to employ five people to work the fields. He is confident enough to expand the current production of his rice farm. He is looking to use the loan to invest in strains of rice that germinate faster and towards providing a salary for the five people he will be hiring to help with the rice plantation. Ultimately, this loan not only helps Mr. Bolemba and his family but also the families of the other five workers. This business is a pillar of his family and we believe that he will undoubtedly want to pass this down to his own children, giving his farm a great chance of providing a source of income for many years and generations ahead.
**Updated as of June 7, 2011:
The climate change has caused disruption to the agricultural calendar. Nonetheless, work has begun, and Richard and his employees are currently in the process of planting.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 42 years oldBusiness: Cattle BreedingLoan Amount: $400Personal and Family Information: Married with five children
Mr. Raphael Mapanda is a borrower from the Democratic Republic of Congo hoping to expand his farming business. He is currently in the business of breeding cattle and this loan will provide him with the necessary resources to purchase additional land and pigs for reproduction.
Raphael is a married father of 5 children, and this business will serve to advance the welfare of his family by providing his children with the funds to attend an institution for higher education. His farming business has a chance to be very successful despite the competition in the area. It will serve as a consistent food supply for the area and a steady source of income for his family.
GLOBE loan recipient Raphael Mapandas field
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Employees are working the fields on Mr. Mapanda’s land.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 35Business: Trade of fruit and chikwangePersonal and Family Information: Married with six childrenLoan Amount: $300
Bébé aspires to send her children to school and be able to provide for the well being of her family. Her future goal is to produce the goods she currently sells to further provide a better life for her family.
Bébé already had successful trading operations before asking for a loan, but she wants to improve and expand her business. She hopes to one day grow her own fruit and produce her own chikwange, a staple food in the Congo, which will lead to strictly profit in the future.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 45Business: Agriculture and BreedingPersonal and Family Information: Married mother of six childrenLoan Amount: $350
Christine has one child at University level, one in primary school and the others in secondary school. With the help of the loan she wants to continue her children’s education, as well as provide for the safety and survival of her family.
Christine owns an existing farming business. She will use the loan to expand her current operations by purchasing agricultural tools such as axes, machetes, hoes; corn seeds for plantation; maintenance of the fields; and pay the salaries of five employees.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 48Business: TradePersonal and Family Information: Widowed mother of seven childrenLoan Amount: $300
After the death of Marie’s husband she took up harvesting food and breeding poultry. She is the sole provider for her family and this loan will directly help to provide for her children’s well being.
What is special about Marie is that this is not her first loan. She has successfully paid a loan prior to this loan. This loan will launch the start of Marie’s new business. She will purchase various goods to begin her trading operations.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 54Business: SeamstressPersonal and Family Information: Married mother with seven childrenLoan Amount: $250
Régine’s two children are married, one is studying at the university level, two are in primary school and the other two are unable to attend. With this loan, Régine hopes to provide for the well being of her entire family as well as send her two youngest children to school.
The purpose of her loan is to increase her current sewing operations. She will purchase two machines with the loan; one for embroidery and the other for overcastting. Régine has been sewing her entire life; she is well trained and well educated in this field.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 23Business: Trade of oil, gasoline and fuelPersonal and Family Information: Married mother of two boysLoan Amount: $450
Régine hopes this loan will help provide her two children with an education as well as ensure the well being of her family.
The purpose of her loan is to increase her current trading operations of oil, gasoline and fuel, which are in high demand. The loan will give her the ability to purchase more oil, gasoline and fuel which in turn will lead to higher profits.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 46 years oldBusiness: Food and AgricultureSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2011Loan Amount: $450 USDPersonal & Family Information: Married and mother of 8 children.
Angele Bongedi is a hard working mother who wants to make the best life for her 8 children. Angele will use the money from the loan to expand her current farming business. The loan will help Angele employ 7 workers in her community. The majority of the funds that are borrowed will go towards the purchase and investment of seeds, groundnuts and corn.
Angele aspires for her business to grow and to be able to take care of her family, children and those in her surrounding community.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 37Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2011Business: Farmer, Brick Manufacturer Loan Amount: $500Personal and Family Information: Married father with six children
Antonio has an established farming business and now wants to expand his business to brick manufacturing. Brick manufacturing is very popular in the Congo since they are cheap and accessible to the general population. Since there is a demand for bricks in the area, Antonio’s there is a need for Antonio’s new business. The loan will allow him to purchase molds and other raw materials in order to increase his brick production.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 40Business: Salt/Smoked Fish TradeSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2011Loan Amount: $250Personal and Family Information: Unmarried mother of 7 children, 3 of which are in school
Ekila plans on using the loan to expand her current operation by purchasing more fish to sell in the city of Mbandaka. She wants to be able to put her children through school and enhance her family’s well-being. Ekila also has visions of a future hen business, which demonstrates her tremendous entrepreneurial spirit. An entrepreneurial spirit is precisely what GLOBE looks for and we are confident in her ability to repay this loan.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 46Business: Food AgricultureSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2011Loan Amount: $450Personal and Family Information: Married with 7 children
Niokombi has five years experience teaching humanities. She provides for a big family and aspires to create a stable house for her children. She wants to begin to create a successful future without poverty.
She will leave her current occupation as a driver to start a new business in food agriculture. The loan will fund the cost of materials like seeds and agricultural tools.
Location: Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of CongoAge: 40Business: TradeSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2011Loan Amount: $500Personal and Family Information: Married, mother of 6 children
Liyemo is educated with a diploma in commercial and administrative humanities and is a mother of 6 children. She hopes this loan will expand her trading operations and secure her children’s future. She would like to ensure their survival by providing them with an education so that one day they can provide for themselves. The income she will generate from her business will be used to expand her current operations, employ other individuals in the community and purchase various goods to keep her business thriving for years to come.
Age: 28Business: Selling Food and Clothing
Training/skills: Merchant in selling food and clothing
Highest Level of Education: High School
Family Status: Married with 5 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 2,714.55 (350 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2019
Mirna Antonieta Aquino Hernández is a first-time borrower requesting $350 USD in order to purchase a new motorcycle taxi, also known as a Tuk Tuk motorcycle, for her business. In the summer, she sells cold drinks and for the winter she sells hot foods and coffee in the back of her motorcycle. She is married and has 5 children, 3 of which were adopted and 2 biological children. Currently, Mrs. Hernández rents a motorcycle and would like to use the loan to purchase her very own. The new motorcycle will allow Mrs. Hernández to continue to grow her business and generate more revenue.
As requested, the loan will be spread over a 24-month period. Mirna Antonieta Aquino Hernández is responsible for roughly 17% of her family’s income, but her earnings are essential to her family. Mirna’s personal yearly income is below the national average of 14,400 Q for Guatemala; however, her household income lies above the national average.
Maria Concepción Mateo Díaz
Business: Ice Cream Sales
Highest Level of Education: Completed 3rd year of High School
Family Status: Single mother of 2 children
1st Loan Amount: $645 with a 24-month repayment period (Fall 2019)
2nd Loan Amount: $525 with 24-month repayment period (Spring 2022)
Maria Concepción Mateo Diaz is a second-time borrower requesting about 520USD (GTQ 4,000) for a new business venture. She wishes to purchase an ice cream freezer and products to make ice cream, to earn additional income during the warmer months. Her previous loan was for 645 USD to start her own business of selling housekeeping aprons to those in need of uniforms. She used the money to buy clothing material such as thread, trimmings, fabrics, and a mannequin. As of January 2022, she had paid off the loan. Her second loan was approved in the amount of 525 USD (rounded up to cover any exchange rate fluctuations) over a 24-month period with a 3% interest rate, given to second-time borrowers.
Maria is a single mother taking care of two teenage children, 17 and 18. They are obtaining an education however, it is very costly to keep up with the financial demands. Currently, she works as a housekeeper and does domestic work around the house. It is important to note Maria has not abandoned her first business. She wants to have a second business of selling ice cream, because in the warm season she would have another opportunity of work in addition to selling the aprons. By creating another business, it will enable Maria to earn a greater income and have a better chance of financial stability to ensure a better life for her family.
Age: 40Business: Baker
Training/skills: 5 years in Food Sales training
Highest Level of Education: Middle School
Family Status: Married with 3 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 7,771.80 (1000 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2019
Rosamery Hayda Hernandez a first-time borrower requesting $1000 USD in order to purchase furniture and more inventory for her business. She currently runs her own bakery and would like to use the loan to help her store stand out more in the area. She is married and has 3 children. In addition to buying more furniture and inventory, Mrs. García plans to recruit her daughters in the future as the business expands.
As requested, the loan will be spread over a 24-month period. Mrs. García is responsible for a significant portion of her family’s income, taking up over half of her household’s income, so her earnings are essential for her family. Mrs. García’s yearly income is more than double the national average of 14,400 Q (approximately 1860 USD) for Guatemala, and her household income is more than 4 times the national average.
Age: 27Business: Bakery
Training/skills: Teacher; Artisanal crafts, baker
Family Status: Single with 1 6-year-old son1st Loan: $644 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2018)2nd Loan: $1,302 with 24-month repayment period (Spring 2022)
Allisson Rodriguez is a second-time borrower. In the Fall of 2018 she received her first loan of $644 to open a bakery. She repaid her loan from GLOBE in 24 months with 5% interest. She currently has a bakery/pastry shop, which has been very successful, but it led her to get into debt with the bank in order to be able to buy a larger, industrial oven due to the growing demand for her products. The money from a second GLOBE loan at our low interest rates would help her pay for the oven that she already has in use.
As per request, Allison Rodriguez’s second loan is for 10,000 Quetzals, or about 1,300 USD. The loan will be spread over a 24-month period with a 3% interest rate (lower rate granted for 2nd time borrowers). Her current bakery has proven to be successful and is one of only 4 bakeries in Antigua, a town that remains very popular with tourists, signifying a lack of much direct competition for that market. In addition to the bakery, Allisson enjoys teaching Spanish to middle school students and doing make-up applications for clients (friends) in her free time, earning her supplemental income. Owning her own business allows her to not only provide for her family, but expand her skills of selling, organizing, and managing inventory.
As a single mother, with a 6-year-old son. She is solely responsible for her household annual income. Allisson supports herself and her son making GTQ 12,000 (1,562 USD) every year. Her pastry shop has been very successful since she opened it with the help of her first microcredit loan. After paying off her GLOBE loan this past January, Allisson took out a loan from her bank to buy a larger oven because of the growing demand for her products. She has not been able to fully pay back her loan from the bank, and it has sent her into debt. She is planning to use the money provided by GLOBE to assist in repaying the bank, thus securing ownership of the oven.
In addition, the local Daughters of Charity recommended the borrower for a second time and are confident of her abilities to repay the loan on time. We took all factors into consideration and believe that with this loan, Allisson will continue to have a thriving business.
Age: 33Business: Bookstore Customer Service
Training/skills: Customer Service training
Family Status: Married with 2 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 7,771.80 (1000 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Maria Esperanza Camargo Lopez is a first-time borrower requesting $1000 to open a book and variety store. She is married to Mr. Elvis Flores and together they have two children, a four-year-old and one-year-old. The $1000 loan will allow Mrs. Lopez to purchase various supplies she needs to open a book and variety store with her husband. Although she originally requested a $6,000 loan, GLOBE explained to her and the Daughter of Charity in the field that we do not make mid-size loans of this size. The applicant believes that with a $1,000 startup loan, she could purchase some initial supplies to start her bookstore, and if successful, could return for subsequent loans.
As per request, the loan will be spread over 24 months. Maria Esperanza Camargo Lopez’s current occupation is customer service in a bookstore. This occupation gives Mrs. Lopez the background and knowledge needed to start a book and variety store due to her interaction with customers and her experience with the day-to-day operations of a bookstore. Mrs. Lopez’s yearly income, 25,200 Q, as well as, her annual household income of 55,200 Q, are above the national average of 14,400 Q for Guatemala. This shows that she will be able to pay the loan in a timely fashion. Her monthly repayments would represent only 16.2% of her monthly income. Mrs. Lopez’s current occupation and annual income make her an excellent candidate as a loan borrower.
Age: 53Business: Domestic Housekeeping & Sells catalogue products and sweets
Training/skills: Housekeeping and sales
Family Status: Single with 3 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 1,242.00 (160 USD)Loan Term: 9-months
Dora Lorenzo Lopez is a first-time GLOBE borrower who first requested a loan of $160 with a 9-month repayment period. The loan was targeted to help Dora cover the expenses of additional beauty products and sweets for her cataloguing business (IVON – similar to AVON in the United States). Along with the cataloguing business, Dora is also a housekeeper. She has a secondary basic education level and is single mother with 3 children who are 14, 17 & 20 years of age. Since asking for the loan, the Daughter of Charity informed us that Dora is very entrepreneurial and has decided to leave the cataloguing business to sell tortillas, a skill that she is expert at. We are happy to consider her change of plans, since the Daughter vouches so strongly for her business. Since, Dora Lorenzo Lopez is a first-time GLOBE borrower she is assigned an interest rate of 5%.
Ms. Lopez is seeking her loan to supplies for making and selling tortillas to locals and tourists, a skill and business that she is already in the process of running. She expects the costs of these items to be around 160 USD. In receiving this requested amount, it will allow her to expand her business by selling a larger amount of tortillas and making a good income. Success of the business is expected, since she has honed her skills, and the tortillas are sought after.
Age: 52Business: Making and selling cakes
Family Status: Married with 2 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 7,765.00 (1000 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Elsa Orfelia Arana Martinez is a first-time GLOBE borrower requesting a loan of $1000 with a 24-month repayment period. The loan amount was intended to help Elsa cover the expenses of buying a stove to start her cake making business. She is 52 years old and has many years of experience being a housekeeper. Furthermore, Elsa has an education level of up to 9th grade. She is married with two children. Since, Elsa is a first-time GLOBE borrower she has an expected rate of interest of 5%.
Elsa is seeking her loan to purchase a stove and baking/product supplies that will allow her to bake cakes to sell and create her own business. Depending on the type of stove Elsa is going to use for her cakes will determine the amount of money she will need to establish her business. According to our research, a tortilla stove in Guatemala costs about $300, while the cheaper industrial models range from $218- $263. Furthermore, Elsa indicates that she also needs the loan to buy baking products and tools.
Age: 34Business: Manages Travel Agency
Training/skills: Assistant Nurse and Secretary
Highest Level of Education: College
Family Status: Single with 3 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 7,765.00 (1000 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Alma Maribel Perez Monterroso is a first-time GLOBE borrower from Antigua, Guatemala. Ms. Monterroso requested a $1,000 loan and intends to pay it back in a 24-month period. She successfully established a travel agency and is seeking to expand this business with the use of the loan.
Ms. Monterroso has requested her loan to expand her current business income through promotion, expending the loan funds on marketing tools, and website management. Ms. Monterroso is a sole-proprietor and she does not now employ anyone, nor does she plan on doing so. She strives to achieve excellence in being a travel agent by expanding her business through the internet. With the help of the loan, she can make her business more marketable to her community and other towns around Antigua. According to Ms. Monterroso, her business without the loan makes 1,750 Q weekly. With this loan, she is expecting to increase her weekly profits, although she does not indicate how much additional income she expects to earn. As mentioned, her current weekly income allows her to maintain a small, local publicity spot, but the web page is critical to growing her business. She explains that the addition of a web page will capture the attention of future clients since most of them are foreign tourists, not locals.
The small, local publicity spot does not reach that audience, and the local audience has shrunk considerably since travel has been curtailed in the wake of the nearby volcanic eruption in June of 2018. She goes on to say that sales online are very lucrative and being in that space will allow her to get ahead and give a better quality of life to her three beautiful children.
Age: 40Business: Merchant
Training/skills: Teacher of elementary education and sales
Family Status: Single with 1 son Loan Amount (quetzal): 1,548.00 (200 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Maria Leticia Lainez is a first-time borrower requesting $200 in order to buy new pendants (charms) or tools that can be used for jewelry. She is a single mother with a 5-year-old son. Maria Leticia Lainez and her son live in an impoverished village called Pastores, inside the department of Sacatepéquez. Mrs. Lainez is responsible for her family’s income and her earnings are essential to her son and herself to survive.
Maria is seeking this loan to purchase new pendants and tools that can be used for her jewelry-making business, with the expectation to thereby expand her business. Maria is one of many jewelers in her area but she asserts that she has a very innovative/creative vision for her jewelry business. She expects the price of all the tools/ pendants she needs will be $200. This loan will hopefully increase her weekly earnings from 300 Q to 400 Q. The extra 100 Q will be beneficial to herself and her 5-year-old son. According to the Amortization Table below, Maria will be responsible for an $8.77 payment each month for 24 months. This payment will amount to 23.17% of Maria Leticia Lainez’s monthly income.
Family Status: Single with 3 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 2,250.00 (300 USD)Loan Term: 6-months
Ms. Grajeda is a first-time GLOBE borrower requesting a loan of $300 with a 6-month repayment period. Business expansion is her main intention for requesting the loan. At present, she successfully runs a hairdressing salon. Ms. Grajeda would like to enlarge her product offering as well as focus on the promotion of her business in order to serve a greater number of clients. Ms. Grajeda is a single mother, with three children: 8, 11, and 18 years old. She has a strong skillset as well as a decent level of experience in the hairdresser profession. Ms. Grajeda is a sole proprietor. She operates her business by herself and has no intention of hiring employees.
Ms. Grajeda runs a hairdressing business in Antigua. Her business expansion plan is based on better product offerings as well as a high emphasis on promotions. She aspires for her business to be one of the most recognizable in Antigua, attracting locals as well as tourists. Her plans to not only increase her product offerings but to also spend money on promotions, indicate solid business sense. She offered a detailed list of products for her salon, including hair dyes, shampoo, peroxide, and conditioners, amounting to Q1230 ($160). Add to this the cost of promotions and we believe the loan she requests is very sufficient to meet her needs for expansion.
Business: Carpenter and Upholsterer
Training/skills: Carpenter and Upholsterer
Family Status: Married with 2 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 6,000.00 (780 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Nery Leonel Guerrero Paniagua is a first-time GLOBE borrower from Antigua, Guatemala. Mr. Paniagua requested a $780 loan and intends to pay it back in a 24-month period. He successfully established a carpentry and upholstery business and now is seeking to expand. Mr. Paniagua strives to make his business more efficient as well as to generate a higher revenue. With GLOBE’s help, the borrower will be able to purchase additional machines as well as materials.
Nery Leonel Guerrero Paniagua is a married father of two. He and his wife raised a 20-year-old son and a 22-year-old daughter while he acted as the main breadwinner of the family. His carpentry and upholstery business is the main income generator for the family as his wife remains unemployed. When asked for the predominant goal for the money generated by his business he indicated personal and family growth. Mr. Paniagua also added: “To offer a better education and quality of life to my children.”
Business: Tailor, Cook and Assistant Nurse
Training/skills: Tailoring, Cooking, Housekeeping, and Assistant Nurse experience
Family Status: Separated with 2 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 1,548.00 (200 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Zoila America Qinac Garcia is a first-time GLOBE borrower who first requested a loan of $200 with a 24-month repayment period. The loan was targeted to help Zoila purchase a sewing machine to start tailoring business. Zoila is a separated and mother of 2 sons, who are the ages of 4 and 11. She has a middle school education level and holds the occupations of a tailor and cook. Since asking for the loan, the Daughter of Charity informed us that Zoila would like to change the purpose of her loan to buy a small refrigerator because she believes her homemade food would sell better. Zoila now plans on having homemade ice-creams, coconut-pineapple, chocolate-banana ices, and jello. We are happy to consider her change of plans since the Daughters strongly recommended her and are confident in the business. Since Zolia America Qinac Garcia is a first-time GLOBE borrower, she is assigned an interest rate of 5%.
Zoila is seeking her loan to purchase a small, new refrigerator to store her homemade ice cream and ices. By having a new refrigerator, it will allow her to make better sales and gives her the flexibility of selling a variety of flavors which will include coconut-pineapple, chocolate-banana, and jello (gelatin). The business will be marketed by word-of-mouth, as well as having a promotion in front of her house. She hopes to earn a weekly salary of 50 Quetzals or $6.49, which will allow her to be successful in her business and help her maintain loan repayments.
Business: Purchasing and selling American used clothes and shoes locally
Family Status: Married with 3 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 4,000.00 (520 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Ms. Hernandez is a first-time GLOBE borrower requesting a loan of $520 with a 24-month repayment period. Currently, she takes care of her children and home while her significant other brings in a decent household income of 24,000Q. Ms. Hernandez would like to launch a new business to help provide for her family.
Ms. Hernandez is a widowed woman, with three children: 6, 15, and 17 years old. The partner, she is currently in a relationship with is the only wage earner in the household. Ms. Hernandez would like to be able to also contribute to the household income. In addition, Ms. Hernandez completed middle school and has big ambitions to start her own retail venture.
Ms. Hernandez has requested a $520 loan with a 24-month repayment period to start her own business. The clothing items and shoes she plans to sell, are second-hand pieces from the United States. It is worth mentioning, that these pieces are usually famous brands clothes and shoes, e.g., Adidas, Hollister, Tommy Hilfiger. These brands are highly desired in many Latin American countries, and Guatemala in particular. They come in packages called “pacas de ropa” of 100 lbs., 200 lbs., or 450 lbs. The price for a 100 lbs. package varies between Q1,800 and Q2,100 (234 USD and 286 USD). With GLOBE’s help, Ms. Hernandez will be able to purchase the beginning inventory and eventually reinvest the revenue in the new inventory while also generating her own income.
Business: Expanding her secondhand clothing business
Highest Level of Education: College, majored in Judicial and Social Sciences
Family Status: Single with 2 sonsLoan Amount (quetzal): 3,000.00 (385 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2020
Blanca Marina Quinonez Hernandez is a first-time borrower of GLOBE. She is requesting a loan of approximately $385 to be re-paid over a 24-month payback period. The loan funds will be used in order to buy secondhand clothing to sell for her existing business, which she wants to expand.
Blanca Marina Quinonez Hernandez is a 35-year old who supports her two sons, aged nine and three. She earns Q14,000 annually which is equivalent to about 1,790 US dollars. She contributes to the majority of her household income and is separated from her husband. Her total household annual income is Q18,000 which is equal to approximately 2,301 US dollars.
Blanca Marina Quinonez Hernandez has previously received a loan from the bank for her education. She was able to get her education in judicial and social sciences and her occupation was as a secretary, which allowed her to support herself. She has successfully paid off her loan from the bank as well as receiving the education for which the loan was intended, indicating that she would be a good credit risk.
Business: Purchasing and selling American used clothes locally
Family Status: Married with 4 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 4,500.00 (575 USD)Loan Term: 36-months
Jenifer Ester Lopez Mendoza is a first-time borrower of GLOBE and is requesting a loan of approximately $600 to be re-paid over a 36-month payback period. The loan, which we are approving at $575 per existing exchange rate calculations, funds will be used in order to start a new business of selling used clothes to friends and family through social media.
Jenifer Mendoza is a 27-year old who supports her four children and sixteen year- old sister. Her sister is financially dependent on Jenifer because their parents have passed away. She independently earns Q800 monthly (about 102 US dollars) but with other household income earns Q1200 which is equivalent to about 153 US dollars. She contributes a majority of the annual income.
This loan is necessary in order for Jenifer Mendoza to continue being a financial provider in her household. The high cost of living and lack of employment in Guatemala causes financial insecurity for Jenifer Mendoza and her family. This loan would allow her to start her own business, which makes her self-employed and financially independent, benefitting her and her relatively large number of dependents.
Claudia Maricella de Leon Garcia
Business: Selling Snack Foods
Training/skills: Merchant in selling food, homemaker
Highest Level of Education: 8th grade
Family Status: Single mother of 3 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 5,000 (643 USD)Loan Term: 24 months
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2021
Claudia Maricella de Leon Garcia is a first-time GLOBE borrower requesting a loan of 643 USD that will be repaid over a 24-month period with an expected interest rate of 5%. The loan will assist her in a snack food delivery business.
Claudia is 42 years old and is a single mother. She has three children aged 6,17, and 18. Ms. Garcia’s 17-year old daughter is an autistic girl with mental retardation. Claudia and her family reside in San Juan del Obispo, a small village in Guatemala
This business is a new undertaking for Ms. Garcia although she mentions “selling snack foods” as past and current occupation, so she may have had some experience in doing this from her home. She now wants to deliver the snack foods. The loan would be used to purchase a stove, a blender and other basic products to produce the snack foods. She has stated that there is competition in this niche, but believes she would be successful because her products will have a higher quality.
Claudia’s monthly repayment of 28.21USD, when utilizing the 24-month repayment terms and applying a 5% interest rate (since she is a first-time borrower), accounts for 36.6% of her monthly income which is also her household income.
Angelica Maria Aquijay Gomez
Business: Transporting goods to and from market Training/skills: Street vendor and current business of transporting goods to market
Family Status: Single mother of 3 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 2,000 (258 USD)Loan Term: 36-months
Angelica Maria Alquijay Gomez is a first-time borrower from GLOBE. She is requesting a loan of approximately $258 to be re-paid over a 24-month payback period. The loan funds will be used in order to buy a new “troco” (hand truck device) to aid her in carrying goods to and from market for other vendors. Essentially, her business is helping others carry objects up the hill in exchange for payment. She currently does this by carrying the items on her head. She’ll also be enlisting her oldest son to help her with the endeavor.
Angelica Maria Alquijay Gomez is a 32-year old who helps her husband support her three sons, aged five, nine and ten. She earns, in “sporadic” payments, Q25 weekly (about $3.21), which we will assume she earns every week for the purpose of this recommendation ($167.10 annually – slight differences due to rounding). She contributes a relatively small portion of her household income and lives with her partner (described as a “free union”), who also contributes to the household income. Her total household annual income including the partner is Q8,500 which is equal to approximately $1,092.54. The Finance & Risk Assessment team modified Angelica’s interest rate to offer an interest-free loan, and payback period of 36 months.
Elizabeth del Carmen Pichardo
Business: Domestic and market work Training/skills: None
Highest Level of Education: 6th grade
Family Status: Single mother of 4 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 1,500 (193 USD)Loan Term: 15-months
Elizabeth del Carmen Pichardo is a first-time borrower of GLOBE. Elizabeth del Carmen is requesting a loan of approximately $193 to be re-paid over a 9-month payback period. The loan funds will be used in order to buy supplies and needed materials to help her business of secondhand clothing sales and bagged fruits. Some examples of items the loan will help buy are hangers for the clothes, a backpack to carry the clothes in, a knife and cutting board to cut the fruit, and a plastic box to take the bag of fruits. In order to sell her goods, she will leave her city of Parramos and look for customers outside of Antigua.
Elizabeth del Carmen is 33 years old and has 4 children of the ages 7, 9, 11 and 17. She has essentially been a single mother for several years due to the fact that her husband in jail and they have been legally separated. Elizabeth makes Q400 monthly (Q4,800 annually), which is about 51.41 USD monthly (~$617 annually) Her oldest son gets work as a mason’s assistant, but it is not very dependable because it is sporadic.
According to the requested loan application, Elizabeth del Carmen would be paying $13.13 USD per month over a 15-month period at 3% interest. This constitutes 25.5% of her monthly income.
Gladis Yolanda Vargas Alvarado
Business: Selling Vegetables Training/skills: Homemaker, caretaker
Highest Level of Education: 1st grade
Family Status: Single mother of 5 childrenLoan Amount (quetzal): 2,000 (257 USD)Loan Term: 36-months
Gladis Yolanda Vargas Alvarado is 36 years old and a first time borrower with GLOBE. She is requesting a loan of approximately 260 USD to be repaid over a 24-month payback period. The funds provided by the loan will be used for starting a business of selling vegetables. The loan will allow Gladis to buy vegetables to sell and she plans to be successful by delivering the vegetables to customers.
Gladis is currently a homemaker and has recently separated from her live-in partner due to family violence. She currently doesn’t have a stable job and lives with her grandmother. Gladis has an 1st grade level education and has five children aged, 15, 11,10,8 and 4 years old. She individually earns about 154.28 USD annually and her household annual income is about 617.14 USD. The additional income was contributed by her partner, but given the recent separation, it cannot be relied upon. The loan she is asking for is to start a new business of selling vegetables since she doesn’t have a stable job and lives with her grandmother.
Gladis’ monthly loan repayments of $3.61, using our recommended 36-month payback period and a 0% interest rate, constitute about 28.1% of her monthly income and 7% of her monthly household income.
José Valentin Coroy Zelada
Business: Transports Construction MaterialsTraining/skills: Electrician, Blacksmith and Plumber
Highest Level of Education: No Education
Family Status: Married and has 4 adult children Loan Amount (quetzal): 3,000 (389 USD)Loan Term: 15-months
José Valentin Coroy Zelada is 68 years old, is married to a female who is 56, and he has 4 children of the ages 26, 28, 31 and 38. José makes Q800 monthly (Q9,600 annually), which is about 103.58 USD monthly (~$1,243 annually). His spouse contributes Q1,500 per year, or about 195 USD.
José is a first-time GLOBE borrower requesting a loan of Q3000 (approximately 389 USD) and a loan term of 9 months (which we changed to 15 months) with an expected interest rate of 5%. The funds provided by the loan will be used to make repairs on his vehicle, which he uses for his construction materials transportation business. The Daughter confirmed to us that this is the sole vehicle he uses for his business and since it is currently not operational, this loan will be essential in helping him continue his work.
José is a relatively older borrower, and has diabetes, but the Daughter of Charity in the region, Sister Lorena Miranda, believes he is otherwise very healthy and able to run his business. She awarded him a strong recommendation with a rating of “1”. This score validates that she and the Daughters of Charity have strong confidence in this borrower’s need for the loan and ability to pay it back.
Location: Gataka, KenyaAge: 51 years oldBusiness: General StoreLoan Amount: $250 Personal and Family Information: Married with two children
Mr. Geoffrey Akwalu is married with two children and lives in Gataka, a city near Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Akwalu worked in the timber business for five years until his place of work was closed. Mr. Akwalu and his wife must work various odd jobs to survive and provide for their family. He is disabled with club feet, which puts a limit on what he is able to do. After finishing high school, he completed a course in book binding and is a library assistant at a school for the handicapped in Nairobi.
Geoffrey would like to use the loan to open up a small store to sell general merchandise. He mentions in his loan application that if he is given a loan, his son and wife could work in the store which would enable him to find work elsewhere as an additional source of income.
Location: Embul Bul, Kenya, AfricaAge: 35 yearsBusiness: Betty’s Baskets & Jewelry – Weaving and selling traditional baskets and jewelry
Personal and Family Information: Single mother with three children ages 14, 12 and 3 1/2 years old. The youngest child is slowly recovering from rickets and is just starting to sit up, stand and walk.Loan Amount: 5,250 ksh - $70
Elizabeth Anyango is a single mother who supports her three children. Her youngest child suffers from rickets disease and is slowly recovering. Ms. Anyango has taught herself to weave baskets and make jewelry. She hopes that this business will allow her to provide proper food, care, shelter and schooling for her children.
Ms. Anyango is asking for 5,250 ksh ($70) to purchase materials to start making and selling baskets and jewelry. She is confident that she can purchase the products and begin making the baskets within one week of receiving her loan.
Location: Manyetta, KenyaAge: 54 years oldBusiness: General KioskLoan Amount: $75Personal and Family Information: Single mother with four children who earns $75 a year
Ms. Aiyanai is a single mother of four children from a small town near Nairobi, Kenya. Helen comes from a rural community and was unable to complete school past the sixth grade. She hopes that her children will be able to complete their studies. Her daughter Mercy (pictured) is blind and has recently begun kindergarten at the age of 12.
Helen has worked her whole life in the shamba (a garden) and feels she is getting old for this back-breaking work. She would like to use the loan money to open a general kiosk where she can sell bread, vegetables, eggs, and other food items. She has already built the kiosk and only needs funds for supplies and inventory
Age: 40/28 yearsBusiness: Baking Business – Baking and selling small cakesLoan Amount: 10,500ksh - $140Personal and Family Information: Isiah Mboya and Quinta Achieng have 4 children. They live in a one room house with mud walls and floor and no running water.
Isiah Mboya and Quinta Achieng have 4 children. They live in a village near the DREAM Center on the outskirts of Nairobi. They have a one bedroom house with mud walls and floors and without running water. Isiah works in a rock quarry six days per week, but does not make enough money to support his family. Isiah and Quinta would like to earn enough money to provide food, shelter, uniforms, books and medical care for their children.
Ms. Achieng has just completed a course in baking with a sand oven and the couple hope to open a new business baking and selling small cakes. The loan of 10,500ksh ($140) would allow them to purchase supplies to begin baking. They hope to repay the loan within one to two years.
Age: 53Business: “St. Maria Baking”: Baking and Selling Small CakesLoan Amount: 10,500ksh or $140Personal and Family Information: Single mother who cares for 9 children under the age of 18
Zippora Muthoni is currently raising 9 children under the age of 18. These children are grandchildren and nieces and nephews from deceased relatives and at least one of the younger children is HIV+. In her previous work, she collected scrap metal for resale.
Ms. Muthoni would like to open a business to bake and sell small cakes and needs 10,500ksh ($140) to purchase materials including a sand oven, tins, utensils and food items such as flour and sugar. She will begin producing cakes as soon as these items are purchased. This business will help her care for her family. She hopes to collaborate with her church and nearby shops to ensure success in her business. Her reputation is strong in the community as she was highly recommended by her parish priest and community members
Ages: VariedBusiness: Revolving village bankingDate Received Loan: Fall 2012Loan Amount: $58.00Date repayment of the Loan: Revolving loanPersonal and Family Information: 15 members
GLOBE distributed 5000 Kenyan Shillings (Ksh) to the Rosalie Rendu Self Help Group (approximately $58USD), who will issue loans to group members. This form of Village banking being proposed by this loan allows neighbors to join forces to form a self-administered village bank. The members are jointly and individually liable and take joint decisions as to the recipients of loans and the amount of a loan.
The Group is in the process of registering with the Kenya Government. Officers have been elected. A bank account has been opened in the name of the group with three required signatories. Each member had been asked to contribute 300Ksh, and they have been largely successful, with a total of 4300Ksh collected to date. There are 14 women and one man in the group. The group is mixed according to age, tribe, and religion. The members of the group are educated with specialized business skills training and updates will be provided regularly.
Group members will meet monthly. Each member is interested in pursuing a different income-generating project. The group has decided which members will receive loans, in what order and the amount of the loan. The group has decided that each member will pay interest on the loan according to the amount of the loan and are looking to us to help them decide on the rate of interest. This interest will be re-invested within the communal pot and monitored through communications with and between Sister Deborah and GLOBE managers.
Since this is a group loan, we do not anticipate a large risk due to the fact the group will be held equally responsible for the loan. Once a member has paid back a loan with interest he/she will be entitled to request another loan. No new members will be admitted to the group until all members have received a loan. New members will be accepted with the approval of the majority of the group.
While GLOBE will not be receiving the money back to our account as it will be constantly revolving within the group, we recommend adding a caveat to issuing the loan that would require repayment to Sister Deborah for the full amount of our loan if the group is forced to disband for any reason.
By issuing a revolving loan, the students will learn about a model of microlending that is very commonly adopted in developing countries. They also will be able to apply their business skills in working with the local Daughter, Sr. Deborah Mallott, to offer advice and consultation to the group, while simultaneously learning about group processes through regular monthly meeting updates from the community on how the loans issued from our initial loan to the “group pot” are performing. This poses an amazing learning opportunity for the class, because we would truly be managers in monitoring loan performance, as well as managing personnel on a global level.
Update as of June 2013:
The Rosalie Rendu Group continues to do well; the group remains at 15 members. They have given out some small loans of 1000 Ksh which members were in the process of paying back. They are planning to make larger loans available to those who pay off the first small loan. They will continue to meet with St. Justin representatives quarterly for guidance.
Dora Gonzalez Morales
Business: Used Clothing Shop
Highest Level of Education: N/A
Family Status: Married mother with 6 children
Loan Amount (C): 34,636 (1000 USD)
Loan Term: 15-months
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2015
Dora Gonzalez Morales is a thirty-eight-year-old, married mother of six children (ages sixteen, twelve, nine, nine, five and one). Previously, Dora cleaned houses to earn income, however both she and her husband are now jobless. Their local church group supported them by providing some packages of clothing, which the family has used to start their own second-hand shoes and clothing business.
With the loan from GLOBE, Dora wishes to expand her business, by purchasing additional merchandise and clothing-hangers for her shop. With the increased profits from her business, Dora hopes to improve her family’s living standard. Her dream is to one day also sell new clothing instead of just second-hand merchandise.
Daughter of Charity, Sister Reyna Isabel, strongly urges GLOBE to help this family, who is in great need. Based on her observations, Dora’s family is in “serious trouble,” without their regular jobs and with six young children to feed and support. She believes that they are honest, respectable, and most of all enterprising. She is confident that they will be able to succeed with GLOBE’s support. We are confident that this loan will help Dora expand her business by at least 10%, if not more, which is reasonable to assume considering that they built this business with very little initial capital. We are certain that this micro-loan will create a substantial improvement for the family’s quality of life.
Age: 56 Location: Managua, NicaraguaOccupation: Merchant DriverBusiness: Selling food items door-to-doorHighest Level of Education: CollegeTraining/skills: Social Work and Development ManagementFamily Status: Married with 2 sons
1st Loan: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2013)2nd Loan: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2015)3rd Loan: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2017)
Don Jose Concepción Almanza Fonseca is a third-time borrower with GLOBE. He was one of our first borrowers from Nicaragua. In the Fall of 2013, he received his first loan of $700 to expand his business of selling cheese, cream, and breeding pigs. Don Jose Concepción repaid his initial loan in 24 months with a 5% interest rate. For his second loan, Don Jose Concepción asked for the same amount of $700 with the same repayment period of 24 months which he successfully repaid. With this loan, he was able to continue to expand his business. He saved enough money to be able to purchase a motorcycle to use when delivering his products.
Don Jose Concepción lives in Managua, Nicaragua with his wife and two male children. Don Jose Concepción received his THIRD GLOBE microloan for his requested amount of $700 with a 24-month repayment period and an interest rate of 3%, the lower interest rate is associated with his status as a third-time GLOBE borrower.
Don Jose requested this third loan to continue to expand his business, which he has been running for over four years. His current business allows him to earn C $1153 weekly (approx. $38 USD). With this new GLOBE loan, he plans to purchase 5 quintals (500 kg) of cheese weekly that is sold in the nearby municipalities of Managua - Tipitapa, Cuidad Sandino, Nindiri, Tisma, and Masaya, and to which he will effectively be able to distribute on his motorcycle.
Since his first loan, Don Jose Concepción has added a new part of his business, which includes raising pigs. He pays one person to raise the pigs and as well as to buy medicine for the pigs, so will be employing someone in his business. Since his second loan, he has been able to profit and buy a motorcycle as a method of transportation for his business. His third loan allowed him to maintain a stable job since, due to his age, he cannot find work anywhere else.
The Daughter of Charity, Sr. Reyna Isabel Vargas Machado, says that Don Jose Concepción was always punctual on his payments, reliable, entrepreneurial and a hard worker. Sr. Reyna clearly demonstrated her confidence in Don Jose Concepción as a successful GLOBE borrower.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 37Business: School and crafts supply StoreEducation: Business Administration DegreeFamily Status: Married with 2 kid
1st Loan: $500 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2013)2nd Loan: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2015)
Personal and Family Information:
Maria is married with two daughters. Although currently a housewife, she studied Business Administration, attended seminars on sales strategies,
and worked in customer shops.
When she applied for her first loan, her annual household income from her husband is $1,937, which is below the national average of $4560 in Nicaragua. Her husband was the sole provider of the family.
As a resident of Managua, Nicaragua, Maria is currently a housewife with two children. Both in her application and face-to-face talk with GLOBE fellow, Maria expresses a high level of passion in her new business of selling school supplies near a local school, which she has been planning for years. The borrower has a positive outlook on her new business, because there’s no competing supply store near the school, and business expansion is possible. According to Maria, the loan will be used to purchase school and crafts supplies, such as pencils, color crayons, school reading books, and scissors. And since her house will be the location of the store, no store leasing expense will occur.
Overall, Maria demonstrates good business skills. In view of her training experience, Maria has studied Business Administration and sales strategies and has a working experience in customer shops. According to the feedback from the Daughter of Charity coordinator, Maria has a high level of reliability and responsibility, which can be supported by her practice of many moral and Christian values. As for the plan, it has always been the borrower’s passion and plan to establish the business over the past few years. Therefore, we believe that as an enthusiastic budding entrepreneur with good reputation, Maria deserves the microloans to empower her business.
As of summer 2015, Maria had repaid her initial loan of $500, given to her in Fall 2013. She has provided her family with a steady income, contributing to her household income.
In Fall 2015, Maria received another loan for $700 to expand her current business in order to offer a diverse array of products and also food for the local community.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 37Business: Retailer
Loan: $500 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2013)
Personal & Family Information:
Ms. Palacios is a 37-year-old entrepreneur with three children and two nephews. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree. Her previous work history includes Cashier, Teaching Assistant and Educator. She is currently a trader with $2,938 annual income.
Ms. Palacios was previously selling jewelry and scholastic items. With the loan she received from GLOBE, she is working on expanding her business to sell ice cream, footwear, and clothing. She is going to use the funds from the loan to purchase a refrigerator for ice cream and other refrigerated food items in addition to the clothing and footwear. This initiative will assist her in generating immediate revenue, especially because unlike jewelry and educational items that are purchased as non-necessity, food and clothing are a basic necessity and their demand is high. Ms. Palacios affirms that there are no similar businesses in the area where she wishes to sell the products.
Ms. Palacios is very hard-working and has a very positive outlook. This is despite her financial hardship where she has to take care of five children, two of whom are nephews whose mother was killed by their father. To assist her in her efforts, GLOBE gave her a loan of $700 in Fall 2014.
As of Spring 2015, Ms. Palacios had repaid her initial loan of $700, and sought another loan. In the Spring/Summer of 2015, received another loan for $1000 for the use of expanding the inventory for her current school supply business.
Ms. Palacios has repaid her second loan and asked for a third one in the Fall of 2020. She has received $974 to be repaid in 12 months to buy inventory for her shop to purchase books, supplies and personal hygiene items.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 40Occupation: Elementary School TeacherBusiness: Selling food to touristsTraining/Skill: Elementary School Teacher
1st Loan: $300 with 12-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan: $500 with 12-month repayment period (Spring 2016)3rd Loan: $500 with 12-month repayment period (Fall 2017)
Personal and Family Information:
Barbara is a third-time GLOBE borrower. She is a single mom, with 3 children. She operates her food business with the assistance of her mother. The money Barbara requested will be used to buy plastic dinnerware, in order to serve food, such as nacatamales. She also has the intention of expanding her business.
Barbara gives food that is left over from her business on a daily basis to the children in her community, which is a generous help to the community. She isn’t solely helping her family, but also the needy in her neighborhood.
Her first loan was issued in the fall of 2014 at an amount of $300 with a 12-month repayment plan at a rate of 5%. Barbara successfully repaid her loan. Even though Barbara is an elementary school teacher by profession, she operates a food business, too.
In the spring of 2016, Barbara requested a second loan, in the amount of $500, with a 12-month turnaround period at an interest rate of 3%. She successfully repaid her loan.
For her third loan, Barbara is requested a loan of $500 with a 12-month repayment period at an interest rate of 3%, again reflecting GLOBE’s appreciation of her having been a successful borrower on two previous loans with the program.
The Daughters of Charity, Sr Reyna Isabel, gave Barbara a strong recommendation. She believes that Barbara is very entrepreneurial and honest. With the current success of Barbara’s business and being a third-time borrower of GLOBE, she is an ideal candidate for a GLOBE loan.
Name: Belkys Maria Alavrenga Molina Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 45Business: Cosmetics
1st Loan Amount: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan Amount: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2016)
Belkys Maria Alavrenga Molina is a 45-year-old married woman with two children living in Managua, Nicaragua. She is college-educated and runs her own business selling personal care products and housewares. Her first loan was for $700 USD with 5% interest rate, paid back within a 24-month period. Her second loan, in the same amount and repayment period with only 3% interest, was granted to her in November 2016.
Belkys has been granted two microloans because she has substantial experience in expanding her business, and can further grow her operations in Managua. She is responsible woman with the good reputation of successfully repaying back her loans. Belkys received a “1 rating” from the Daughters of Charity (the highest recommendation level possible), attributing to GLOBE’s decision to approve her loans. Belkys is very likely to succeed in her business since Managua has a substantial populous base, comprised of her target market audience. With the loan, Belkys will be able to buy the necessary inventory to increase her market share in Managua.
Belkys has requested her loans for the growth of her business, but she wishes to accomplish something much bigger than that. Belkys, the mother of two children, will be giving her family the opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty. With added income and revenue, she can continue to send her children to school to receive an education. With the right education, her children have the necessary knowledge and skills to break out of poverty and hopefully one day become middle-class citizens in Nicaragua. Belkys is giving her family this opportunity just by taking out a loan with GLOBE. Her willingness to receive this loan shows how dedicated she is to change not only her life, but her family’s as well.
Belkys Maria Alavrenga Molina is a dedicated entrepreneur, a model example of a successful GLOBE borrower, and a persevering mother. With all of these attributes, she is the poster-child of a successful woman who has the capability to break out of poverty. It is no wonder why GLOBE decided to grant Belkys microloans to give her and her family the rightful fighting chance to change their lives.
Location: Leon, NicaraguaAge: 63Business: Renting rooms to college studentsLoan Amount: $700 Repayment Period: 24 monthsSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2014
Yolanda is a well-educated mother of two. Yolanda has worked as a professional chemical pharmacist, and as both a laboratory assistant and a manager.
Yolanda wants to use her loan to expand her business of renting out rooms to college students. Ms. Padilla’s current annual household income is $3,834.89, and therefore her monthly repayment amount of $30.09 would only be 9.41% of her monthly household income.
Ms. Padilla also has a 25 year old daughter who is mentally challenged. This loan will benefit not only her and her family, but it will also support the notion in Nicaragua that a higher education can get you far.
Ms. Padilla received a loan of $700 at a declining balance interest rate of 3%. The repayment term is 24 months, and monthly payment is $30.09.
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Age: 35Occupation: Professional Photographer Highest level of education: Graduated college with a marketing degree
1st Loan Amount: $500 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan Amount: $750 with 24-month repayment period (Spring 2017)
3rd Loan Amount: $750 with a 24-month repayment period (Fall 2021)
Plinio Antonio Gomez Almanza is a third-time borrower of GLOBE. Mr. Almanza is a husband and father of a 10-year old son. His wife contributes C$180,000 (approx. $5,117) annually to the household income as a national assemblywoman and shares in the decision-making process regarding family finances and their child’s education.
Plinio initially received a GLOBE microloan for $500 with a 5% interest rate in Fall 2014 and completed repayments during a 24-month period by Fall 2016. Since receiving his initial GLOBE microloan to purchase photography equipment, the borrower’s annual income increased from C$54,000 to C$84,000, or an increase of approximately $1,009, annually. Mr. Almanza received a second GLOBE microloan of $750 to purchase a Nikon D800 camera, and completed repayments during a 24-month period. Since his last loan, he has moved to the capital city of Managua. He is now requesting a third GLOBE microloan for $750 with a 3% interest rate, as a repeat borrower, to be repaid over a 24-month period. He wishes to use the loan to purchase camera equipment including a new lens, a flash, and a softbox diffuser. Mr. Almanza is expanding his existing photography business to provide better quality products to his clients. Mr. Almanza expects to earn C$1,800 (approx. $60) per week from this business.
Plinio Antonio Gomez Almanza’s photography business’ monthly earnings are approximately C$7,560 ($254 US), which is substantially higher than the monthly total expenses for running a business. He will have additional disposable income to cover living expenses. Monthly repayments amount to just over 12% of his monthly income from the business alone.
Sr. Reyna Isabel Vargas Machado of the Daughters of Charity gave a strong recommendation of Mr. Almanza for his first loans. With his continued success running his photography, Plinio proves he is an ideal GLOBE borrower as he is pursuing his entrepreneurial interests and dreams.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 35Business: Repairs to homeLoan Amount: $500 Repayment Period: 18 monthsSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2014
Roxana is a married mother of two, who is currently a housekeeper. Roxana is also the sister of Sonia Aguirre Palacios, one of GLOBE’s successful borrowers. Roxana initially wanted a loan of $700 for repairs to sewage pipes damaged during an earthquake at her elderly mother’s home. Given her current income and her situation, Roxana will receive a loan for $500 which will still help her family but also not financially burden them. With a loan of $500, over a span of 18 months, this would be 11% of her yearly family income and 21% of her income.
Using the declining balance method with a 3% interest rate, Roxana paid $28.84 per month. At the end of the 18-month term, Roxana paid a total of $515.00 including interest.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 50Business: Restaurant
1st Loan: $350 with 12-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan: $500 with 12-month repayment period (Spring 2016)
Norma is a mother seeking help in putting her son through college. For her first loan, Norma initially requested a loan of $700 to be repaid over 12 months. However, given the circumstances, GLOBE approved Norma for a $350 loan with a shorter repayment period. With her second loan, Norma had requested a loan of $700 again to be repaid over 12 months, but given her financial circumstances, she was approved for $500.
Norma is currently a primary school teacher looking to better her life in Nicaragua. She is looking to expand her current business. She has a fritanga, which is a restaurant that sells typical Nicaraguan food. Her main goal is to help her son who will be studying medicine in college.
Her current monthly income is $240.47, and with a nine-month repayment term, her scheduled loan payment is $39.38. This means she is paying 16% of her monthly income and 10% of her family income ($405.50 per month).
Norma was able to repay her initial loan, and has reapplied for another loan with GLOBE to use for her current business and to continue supporting her son's education.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 59Current Occupation: Applicant sews bed linens, coverings for tortilla makers, blenders, etc.Past Occupation: Housewife and Seamstress Training/Skills/Education: Elementary school education Business: Making pillows, bedding, towels, and blender covers1st Loan Amount: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan Amount: $1000 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2016)
Miriam is a hardworking, creative, organized, and entrepreneurial woman. She has an illness, but she continues to work hard in order to see her business succeed and provide a better life for her family.
Miriam is a single mother of six, who also supports her two grandchildren by being a small time entrepreneur and housekeeper at a hotel. With her first loan of $700, Miriam sought to expand her business of making and selling pillows, bedding, towels, tortilla-makers, and blender covers. As a housekeeper, she had the added benefit of being able to provide the hotel she works at with the bedding she makes. Miriam lost her daughter, who was murdered by her son-in-law. Miriam used to make $1,368 and her first loan came to her at a very challenging time in her life.
Miriam requested her second loan to expand her current business: purchasing sewing bed linens, coverings for tortilla makers, and other household items. There are similar businesses in Miriam’s area, so she is looking to expand her business to attract more customers. Miriam currently does not have other employees working for her business. She will use the loan to purchase a new sewing machine and fabric to make clothes and aprons. She will also use a portion of the loan to purchase a freezer to sell ice and ice cream. Her goal is to offer a larger variety of home goods to attract more customers to her business, which will increase her sales revenue and allow her successfully run an expanding business.
In her second application, Miriam requested $1000 for a repayment period of 12-months. The team decided to extend the repayment period to 24-months. With the original terms, her monthly payments will account for 60% of her monthly income. With the extended terms, her monthly payments will account for 42.98% of her income.
The success of her business will allow her to provide a better life for her family.
Location: El Naranjo, NicaraguaAge: 23Business: Entertainment
1st Loan Amount: $400 with 12-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan Amount: $700 with 12-month repayment period (Spring 2016)
Repayment Status: Fully Repaid
Mario currently owns an entertainment business in El Naranjo, Nicaragua, which the community visits to play video games. He is looking to expand on his business. He wants to use the loan to buy two new PlayStation 3’s and two new televisions. Mario is a high school graduate with a certification in cellular repair. He is developing a technological business in an area of Nicaragua that is somewhat lacking of these resources. Thus, he is introducing his community to the luxuries of urban areas and first world countries
With his first loan, Mario initially wanted a loan of $700, however since there is very little information provided about El Naranjo, Nicaragua, the $400 that was approved would give him the chance to purchase to one PlayStation 3 and one television. Mario’s monthly income was $76.25, which made the payment 44% of his individual income. However, his monthly household incomewasis $152.50, and with a twelve-month term, he is paying $33.88 every month. This totals to 22% of his household yearly income.
With his second loan, Mario was approved for $700 to further expand his video game business and was able to successfully repay it back within the designated 12-month repayment period.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 41Business: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Shop
1st Loan Amount: $700 with 18-month repayment period (Fall 2014) 2nd Loan Amount: $700 with 18-month repayment period (Spring 2016)
$700 approved, 18-month repayment period for second-time loan, for refrigeration and air conditioning business
Claudia is a married mother of two, who used her loan to help her with running her husband’s refrigeration business. Claudia’s husband fell victim to an accident and has numerous injuries that prevent him from working. Claudia is an educated woman, with a degree in Educational Administration. With her husband’s guidance and her motivation to help her family, she can easily use the loan to help the refrigeration business return to a profitable state. During her first loan, her monthly income was $391.24, and with an 18-month term, her scheduled loan payment is $39.82 monthly with 5% interest. She was spending only 10% of her monthly income to repay her loan. During her second loan, her monthly income had slightly increased, and her scheduled loan payments were reduced with the 3% interest given to her second-time borrower status.
Age: 42Occupation: Vendor of Avon products, silver jewelry and other productsBusiness: Accessories, styling products and perfume market
1st Loan: $500 approved with a 24-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan:$750 approved with a 24-month repayment period (Spring 2017) 3rd Loan: $750 approved with a 24-month repayment period (Spring 2019) 4th Loan: $700 approved with a 24-month repayment period (Spring 2023)
Jazmina Tamara Gomez Almanza is GLOBE's first fourth-time borrower! Jazmina and her parents live in the capital city of Boaco, Nicaragua. Her elderly parents both have health issues associated to their age.
Jazmina received $500 in Spring 2014 to expand her AVON cosmetics product-selling business. Ms. Almanza repaid her initial loan in 24 months with a 5% interest rate. For her second loan, Ms. Almanza asked for $750 with the same repayment period of 24 months. With this loan, she is looking to acquire more AVON products to accommodate an increase in demand. With the revenue generated from her AVON business, Ms. Almanza has expanded her business and has improved services for her clients. In Spring of 2019 Ms. Almanza requested a third loan to expand her business once again and to purchase more inventory for AVON and accessories sales. She successfully paid it back and requested a fourth loan in Spring of 2023 for $700 to be repaid in a 24-month repayment period. The money from her fourth loan will be used to expand her current business selling more Avon, beauty products, jewelry, and styling products at a 3% interest rate, designated for repeat borrowers.
Ms. Almanza claims that this business does receive some competition. Her business her only source of income and additional purchases made with the loan amount would be put towards increasing her customer base and maintaining the needs of regular clients who purchase products from her. Due to the variety in AVON cosmetic products, there is a large range of what exact items and the quantity amount Ms. Almanza can and will purchase. The AVON cosmetics include the beauty and skin care line which are the most commonly sold products and have a shelf-life lasting from three to five years if kept sealed. Thus, our client will have enough time to sell the items closer to expiration. We are confident in her ability to assess her current products and demand to determine which items would be appropriate for her to purchase and maintain her business.
Location: Managua, NicaraguaAge: 52Business: Food1st Loan Amount: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2014)2nd Loan Amount: $700 with 24-month repayment period (Fall 2016)
Jose is a married father of two, hoping to restart his food business. He plans to use the $700 loan amount to buy the utensils to prepare the food and to produce nacatamales, a traditional food of Nicaragua.
When first applying for a loan with GLOBE, Jose detailed a four step business plan. The first step toward his business goals was to establish a well-conditioned work area. The second step was to increase the number of customers buying his product, even if that means expanding further from where he lives. The third step was to make sure he monitors the quality of his product. Lastly, he wished to expand according to the business’ development, which means he might sell other supplies and products that his clients might ask for. Jose also had plans to hire one or two other workers, which in turn will help other families in his community.
Jose embodied a true entrepreneur, and with his first loan of $700, he hoped to help his family and others in the community.
Jose sought a second loan from GLOBE to expand his nacatamales business with the purchase of more food supplies and utensils. Jose wants to potentially hire employees in the future. With the loan, Jose can reach a greater area, receive more customers, and provide more food for his customers. Jose has no other competitors in the area. Jose resides in Managua where there are a lot of locals and tourists. There are little to no concerns about Jose’s request because of the success he has had in the past. He has received a “1 rating” from the Daughters of Charity, indicating his strong recommendation level. With his first loan of $700, he was able to pay it back in the given 24-month period. This second loan would increase his production and raise his revenues. With this second loan, Jose would pay approximately $30 a month, representing 12.5% of his monthly income.
Location: Chichigalpa, Nicaragua
Age: 43Business: Café OwnerLoan Amount: $1000 Repayment Period: 12 monthsSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2015Personal and Family Information:
Martha is a married mother of three children ages 21, 18, and 14. Martha is seeking a loan of $1000 to be repaid over a 12 month term. The purpose of the loan is to expand her current business, a small cafe, by purchasing a variety of supplies in order to offer better and novel products for the local community. Both her husband and her son also work to contribute to the household, bringing in an additional $1,080 per year. Martha was approved and has received a loan of $1000 for 12 months at a declining balance interest rate of 5% afforded to our first time borrowers.
Age: 40Business: Carpenter1st Loan Amount: $1000 with a 12-month repayment period (Fall 2015)2nd Loan Amount: $2000 with a 24-month repayment period (Fall 2016)
Jose Luis Sevilla Zamora is a 43-year-old married man, with two children, who runs a cabinet workshop in Nicaragua.
In his first loan, José asked for a $2,000 loan to first repair a part within a vehicle that he uses for his business; and, secondly, he would like to invest more capital into his business for expansion. After assessing José’s original loan request of $2,000 that would be paid over a 12 month term, the Fall 2015 Finance, Budgets and Risk Assessment Team did not believe that would be a viable loan for José because he would be using approximately 62% of his monthly income to pay for each monthly loan payment. The team recommended a loan amount of $1000, which is set at an interest rate of 5%. The team would consider a follow-on loan of another $1,000 once the original loan is fully repaid. Jose will receive a loan of $1000 for 12 months at a declining balance interest rate of 5%.
He was able to pay back his first loan of $1000 within a 24-month repayment period. For his second loan, he requested $2,000 dollars with a repayment period of 24 months. As the owner of a cabinetmaking workshop, he wishes to expand operations, purchase more inventory, and potentially hire 3 employees. This loan would give him a great opportunity because there is a great demand for real estate in Managua. Jose is a hard-working, honest, and responsible man who was successful in repaying his first loan. With this second loan, he would only pay $85.96 a month, representing 25% of his monthly income.
Location: León, Nicaragua
Age: 57Business: Clothes VendingLoan Terms: $700 with a 24-month repayment Period (Fall 2015)
Sandra is a 57 year-old woman who runs an informal, ambulatory clothes vending business. She is currently single and strives to provide for her parents. Sandra is asking for $700 to expand her clothing business that she currently operates alone. Sandra has expressed a strong interest in expanding her business to not only better her own life, but also her mother's. Her number one goal is to earn enough money in order to pay for her mother's costly medical bills and related medical expenses. Sandra has also expressed an interest in selling cosmetics.
Sandra has successfully paid off her loan of $700 for 24 months at a declining balance interest rate of 5%.
As of Fall 2020, Ms. Padilla has requested a second loan for $700 to be repaid in 12 months at a 3% interest rate to purchase food to sell and expand her current business.
Age: 28 years oldRegion: Managua, NicaraguaCurrent Occupation: Operating a thrift store selling used clothes and other articles of clothingPast Occupation: Sewing machine operator and saleswomanPersonal & Family Information: Applicant lives with her partner and has one daughterTraining/Skills/Education: High school education1st Loan: $700 with a 24-month repayment period (Spring 2016)2nd Loan: $800 with a 24-month repayment period (Fall 2016)
Miriam Aguirre Palacios is a 28-year old married woman with one child. After successfully repaying back her first loan well before the 24-month repayment period, she sought a second loan from GLOBE to expand her thrift store selling used clothes and other articles of clothing. She asked for $800 to be paid back in a 12-month period. Miriam is a hardworking and entrepreneurial woman who has received a “1-rating” from the Daughters of Charity indicating her strong recommendation level. She resides in Managua where there are no other competitors. Tourists and locals are looking for affordable and nice clothing for family back home. The team’s only concern is that her monthly payment of $67.75 plus interest would account for 65% of her solo income and 35% of her family income. As a second time borrower, she is awarded an interest rate of 3%.
Age: 36 Years OldLocation: Managua, NicaraguaOccupation: Metalworker
1st Loan: $1000 with a 12-month repayment period (Spring 2016)2nd Loan: $1000 with a 12-month repayment period (Fall 2017)
Bayardo Antonio Mendieta Rodríguez lives with his wife and two children. He has received his highest level of education from high school and he is a skilled metalworker. Bayardo is a second-time borrower with GLOBE. In the spring of 2015, he received his first loan of $1000 to build his industrial metal workshop, from which he would sell his products and metalworking services. Bayardo repaid his initial loan in 12 months with a 5% interest rate.
Bayardo Antonio Mendieta Rodríguez requested a second loan to expand his 2-year old existing business. His current business allows him to earn about C2115 weekly (approx. $70USD). Bayardo plans to purchase tools and materials such as metals that he uses to make his products and also cutting tools; more specifically, ones with welded tungsten carbide inserts to help ease turning operations when working on his products. Bayardo also hopes to employ others so that his business could increase service and production of their products.
Bayardo Rodríguez generates direct employment for his metalworking. He buys and uses materials to create metal products such as household tools based on the needs of buyers in his community. Bayardo’s request is for a $1000 loan over the course of a 12-month time frame. The loan repayment of $84.69 represents about 28% of his total monthly income, a moderate payback ratio. While this is not as low as the ratio for some of our other Nicaraguan borrowers, this business is a more sophisticated one and can promise greater returns long term.
The GLOBE Fellows met Bayardo during the 2017 trip to Nicaragua and were very impressed with his enthusiasm over his business and the many photos he shared with them.
Name: Bismark Benito Martinez PadillaAge: 33 years oldLocation: León, NicaraguaOccupation: Credit Manager, Cash Control, and Inventory ManagerPurpose of Loan: Expand existing pulperia businessLoan Terms: $700 to be repaid in 24 months with 5% interest rate
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2017
Bismark Benito Martinez Padilla is a first-time borrower of GLOBE. Mr. Padilla has requested a loan to expand his pulperia business by broadening his product offerings to include soda products, dairy, and chicken. Bismark from León, Nicaragua, which is considered the political and intellectual center of the nation. His loan will help his pulperia business with market share expansion via product offering expansion. His target market is the working class citizens of León who use the pulperia as a general store, where a variety of goods can be purchased. There is also some tourism in the area, and his store could service that population as well.
Mr. Padilla’s pulperia earns 1400 Córdobas, or $46.00 USD weekly, with no direct competitors in the area. Bismark has a close relationship with the Daughters of Charity in the Region, as his application comes with a strong recommendation from Sister Reyna. After monthly loan payments of $30.71 he will have an additional disposable income to cover living expenses. Bismark can efficiently monitor his revenues and expenses as he has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Bismark is an ideal candidate for a micro-loan. With his educational background and expertise, we are confident that Bismark can expand his business to better serve his community.
Name: Fanny del Carmen JaimeAge: 65 years oldLocation: Managua, NicaraguaOccupation: Senior Technical SecretaryPurpose of Loan: To fix the roof of the borrower’s houseLoan Terms: $700 to be repaid in 24 months with 5% interest
Semester Loan Was Given: Fall 2017
Fanny del Carmen Jaime sought a loan of $700 to be repaid in 24-months to fix the roof of her house. She is currently a senior technical secretary but hopes that this loan will give her the opportunity to start a business from home after repairs are made. The loan expenses would be for materials and labor for the project, that adds up to close to $600. The request for $700 will serve as a buffer to unanticipated expenses that typically arises in such work. The laborer who will make the home repairs is a licensed contractor. She makes $328.97 a month, and a monthly loan payment amount of $30.71 will still let her have a disposable income to cover living expenses. Fanny originally had not stated what type of business she would conduct from home, but the Finance team has asked the Daughter in Nicaragua to provide them with this information. Sister Reyna replied back notifying us of Carmen’s plan for a business in the sale of used clothes and shoes. This is a very common in Nicaragua and the sale of goods can be a viable business venture for Fanny.
Originally, we thought this loan for home repair was off track from GLOBE’s mission, but we agreed that the mission of GLOBE is to help people help themselves out of poverty per our mission statement. Fanny has an entrepreneurial spirit we wish to see in all our GLOBE borrowers. Her home repair will lead to the establishment of her own business, set up within the confines of her own home.
Name: Jaqueline M. Almanza DiazAge: 38 years oldRegion: Linda Vista North, Managua, NicaraguaCurrent Occupation: Vendor of Assorted GoodsPurpose of Loan: Expansion of business selling assorted goods (Jewelry, clothing, perfumes)Loan Terms: 19,836 Córdobas = $700 for 24 months paid monthly
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2016
Jaqueline is a first-time borrower, who requested $700 USD to expand her current assorted goods business. Jaqueline sells items ranging from jewelry, clothing, watches, and perfumes and has been operating for approximately one year. She is separated from her husband and has two children. As such, she is the sole provider for her household, earning an annual income of $4,897 USD. She requested a loan repayment period of 24 months, which results in monthly payments of $30.71 USD after application of a 5% interest rate.
Jaqueline and her family currently reside in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. Her business model is unique to her area since, unlike other vendors that access clients in person, she approaches them via the Internet. She generally sells to her co-workers and utilizes Facebook as a marketing platform. She hopes to expand her business and access a greater number of customers. Currently, she is unable to fulfill several orders due to a lack of available cash and resources required to immediately serve clients.
Since Jaqueline does not possess enough financing to purchase a large inventory, orders are fulfilled following a Just-in-Time inventory system. This means that she waits until orders are received before she procures the products. There is usually a delay between customer orders and receipt of merchandise, which deters sales significantly. Jaqueline is seeking this loan in order to purchase the necessary supplies to expand her business and serve clients in a more timely fashion. She wishes to use the funds in order to buy steel merchandise, perfumes and to cover shipping costs to clients. She has been operating this business successfully using social media for approximately one year and understands the need for available and immediate funds to cover the important start up costs of a newly expanded business and offer competitive prices.
Jaqueline proves to be an innovative entrepreneur, utilizing the advantages of 21stcentury social media to approach new clients. She is capable of operating her own successful business and this will provide the capital she needs to further pursue her dreams.
Name: Margarita GalloAge: 63 yearsRegion: Masaya, Nicaragua (just east of Managua)Current Occupation: Clothing Shop OwnerBorrower Annual Income: 48,000 Córdobas = $1693.89 USDHousehold income: 60,000 Córdobas = $2117.36 USDPurpose of Loan: Establishment of a new Clothing StoreLoan Terms: 19,836 Córdobas = $700 USD for 24 months, with 5% interest
Semester Loan Was Given: Spring 2016
Margarita is a first-time borrower, requesting the equivalent of $700 USD, to establish a new business in sales of manufactured and handmade clothing in Masaya, Nicaragua. She is currently accompanied by her significant other and they have four children
Although Margarita has not provided a detail project proposal, she has indicated that the funds will be allocated towards costs of establishing a new microenterprise so that she can expand her profits. Margarita currently operates a business in shoe sales within Masaya and has indicated that she would be traveling to other cities and counties in order to purchase her merchandise. Fortunately, transportation is relatively efficient in Masaya, with a reliable and inexpensive bus system. With the establishment of her new clothing business, she would have stable access to the nearby artisan and consumer goods markets to acquire her inventory. Her new line of products would include manufactured and handmade products, but she has not explicitly indicated whether or not she will be producing some of the items herself.
Margarita demonstrates strong business capability, given her years of experience in both secretarial and entrepreneurial work. She has also indicated that there are similar businesses of this type in the area. In light of projected increases in revenues, following the successful establishment of her new business, we believe that Margarita will be able to adequately cover the monthly payments. As Margarita is now 63 years old, she may possess a higher risk of illness or physical injury. That should not be a cause for concern, but her health will be monitored during the course of the loan term.
GLOBE believes that Margarita is a focused entrepreneur that has developed a strong ability to grow her enterprise successfully and reap favorable levels of profit. The Daughter of Charity, Sister Reyna Isabel, has personally given her a strong recommendation, testifying to her high level of integrity and entrepreneurial spirit.
Angel Manuel Suazo
Business: Purchasing a commercial oven for his family bakery
Training/skills: Administrative Skills/ Baking
Family Status: Single with no childrenLoan Amount (C): 35,020 (1,010 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Angel Manuel Suazo is a first time borrower of GLOBE. Angel has requested a loan with the amount of about $1000 in order to buy a bigger, semi-industrial oven and expand his family’s bakery business. He is 21 years old and has already had some success with the business while being a University student. In the first 3 months, they have made about C2000-C3000 weekly, about $58-$86.
Angel Manuel is single and has no children. The purpose of expanding this bakery business is to contribute to his family’s income and help cover the costs of his education. He will be employing other people for the business, but it is a family business, so they are presumably all family members.
Angel Manuel Suazo will have monthly loan repayments of $43.87 when using a 24-month payback, with 5% interest calculated on a declining balance method. This amount would constitute approximately 22% of Angel Manuel’s monthly personal income. This percentage from his personal monthly income is relatively low and we do not believe it will put financial stress on the business or family.
Maria Eugenia Solis Romero
Highest Level of Education: High School
Business: Purchasing a freezer for small café
Family Status: Single mother of 3 childrenSemester 1st Loan was Given: Spring 2021
$1,000 with a 24-month repayment period Semester 2nd Loan was Given: Fall 2o22
$2,000 with a 18-month repayment period
Maria Eugenia Solis Romero is a first-time borrower of GLOBE. She is requesting a loan of approximately $1,000 to be re-paid over a 24-month payback period. The loan funds will be used in order to purchase a freezer for her small café.
Maria Eugenia Solis Romero is a 58-year old who is a single mother with three children. She is the only person who contributes to her household income. She has never received a loan before from GLOBE or any other institutions.
Maria Eugenia Solis Romero will have monthly loan repayments of $43.87 when using a 24- month payback, with a 5% interest (for a first-time GLOBE borrower) calculated on a declining balance method. This amount would constitute approximately 16.5% of Maria Eugenia Solis Romero monthly personal income and household income.In the Fall of 2022, Maria Eugenia Solis Romero repaid her initial loan of $1,000, given to her in the Spring of 2021. In Fall 2022, Maria received another loan for $2,000 to purchase bookstore items, a showcase, and a freezer for her current business- a pulpería (café and groceries/bookstore supplies). With her business, she plans to provide better service to her community in price and quality.
Verónica del Socorro Aguirre Palacios
Business: Convenience Store
Family Status: Married mother of 2 children
Loan Amount (C): 34,700 (1,000 USD)
Loan Term: 16-months
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2018
Verónica del Socorro Aguirre Palacios is a 43-year-old woman, married with two children. Her son, Franner, is 22 years old and her daughter, Vexa, is 18 years old, they are both currently attending university. Her highest level of education is finishing third year of high school. Verónica is requesting this loan for supplies to expand her current pulperia, a local convenience and variety store. Verónica is a first-time borrower requesting a $1,000 loan in order to purchase supplies to help in expanding her inventory. Veronica’s pulperia is called “La Esquinita,” which, in Spanish means “The Little Corner.” She wants to use the loan to buy supplies such as: stationery supplies, umbrellas, capes, rubber boots, and plastics. She was approved a loan of $1,000 with a 5% interest rate, given to first-time borrowers. Veronica's repayment period will be for 16-months.The fact that she is expanding her current business and has a stable annual income assures us that she will be able to pay off her loan, and for that reason we deem her a credit-worthy candidate, and we are confident that she will work hard to pay her loan back.
Everth Antonio Tercero Calderón
Highest Level of Education: Bachelor's degree in social work and development management
Family Status: Single- Lives with mother and 4 siblings
Loan Amount: 21,300 NIO (700 USD)
Loan Term: 24-months
Everth Antonio Tercero Calderon is a merchant from El Viejo Nicaragua who operates his own store that offers different types of cheese and a variety of baked goods. Everth asked for $700 USD to purchase more baking supplies so he can expand his corner store. The Daughter of Charity rated Everth just a bit lower than our other candidates, with a two out of five, but claims he is both reliable and responsible. With the income he expects to make from his business due to this loan, Everth would like to make improvements to his home that he shares with his mother and 4 siblings. Unfortunately, Everth’s mother and sister both suffer from diabetes and hypertension. This loan could help him improve their living situation and provide his family with much more space.
Everth is a first time borrower and will be required to pay the 5% interest rate afforded to GLOBE's first time borrowers. Everth expects to generate an additional $80 per week with the new business, which would increase his yearly income. He is responsible for paying one other worker and should have little difficulty paying his employee and making loan payments given his expectations for the business.
Arely Mercedes Garcia Blandon
Business: Bookstore/Photocopying Services
Highest Level of Education: Completed High School
Loan Term: 18-months
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2019
Arely Mercedes Garcia Blandon is a first-time borrower from Leon, Nicaragua. She is a 36-year-
old single mother living with 2 children, one in high school and one in university. Ms. Garcia has
some education in business administration and has completed her high school education.
She is requesting a loan of 33,000 NIO (1,000 USD), to be repaid over an 18-month period, to open a small café and expand her current bookstore and copy business. The loan will specifically be used
to purchase tables and chairs to furnish the café as well as purchase tableware and products to make coffee, tea, juice, etc. to serve her customers. Through this loan, she believes that she will be able to increase profits through her
café and re-invest in her bookstore and photocopying business.
She would like to invest the money earned from the café into her existing business. Being the first person to open a café in her area, this innovative and adventurous woman entrepreneur is hoping to expand her existing business and expects to get many more customers.
Maryuri del Carmen Serrano Osegueda
Business: Ice Cream Shoppe
Highest Level of Education: Licensed Lawyer
Loan Amount (C): 17,625 (500 USD)
Maryuri Del Carmen Serrano Osegueda is a first-time borrower from Managua, Nicaragua. She is 39 years old lawyer. She has requested a loan of 500 USD to be paid over a 24-month period in order to purchase inventory for her newly opened ice cream shop.
She would use the loan to purchase inventory to sell, including ice, ice cream, “bolis de hielo” or popsicles, sodas and other soft drinks. She also wants to purchase a freezer to keep her products cold. She states that she has confidence in being able to sell her products and that in the short term, she would like to open a soda fountain shop and a small eatery. She mentions in her pre-loan survey that in her neighborhood, there is no one who sells these products.
Mrs. Osegueda was awarded a “1” recommendation rating from Sister Reyna Isabel Vargas Machado, meaning she is highly recommended being a recipient of a GLOBE loan. Sister Reyna is confident of her ability to repay the loan on time and within the 24-month time period that she has requested.
Ligia Zulema Ramirez Alvarenga
Business: Nail Salon
Highest Level of Education: University Student
Family Status: Single with no children
Loan Amount : (C)25,425 (745 USD)
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2020
Ligia Zulema Ramirez Alvarenga is a first-time GLOBE borrower from Managua in Nicaragua. Ms. Zulema Ramirez Alvarenga is a 20-year-old full-time university student and requested a $745 loan in order to purchase supplies to expand her nail salon business. She lives in the area of Bello Horizonte and has clients located nearby that come to her house, but she also travels to clients if needed. She also is available to work on nails for her fellow students at University while she is not in class or studying.
Ligia lives with both of her grandparents, retired teachers that have instilled that a good education is important to the family. Her grandparents both collect a monthly pension as retired teachers and own the house that they all live in. This provides them with stability and security.
Ligia began doing nails to make some money in order to help with her school bills as well as other expenses. She will use the loan to purchase a special table, chairs, a UV lamp, new acrylics, as well as other materials to enhance her product and her client’s experience. Currently, operating her nail business with the limited resources she has, she is doing well for herself, so with this loan and the professional products she will be able to purchase, it is reasonable to expect a raise in her monthly income. Eventually, Ligia said that she would like to open a storefront when her client base grows large enough.
Luis Carlos Navarro Solis
Family Status: Married with 1 child
Loan Amount : (C)33,500 (992 USD)
Luis Carlos Navarro Solis is a first-time borrower requested $992 to be re-paid over a 24-month payback period. He plans to use the loan money to furnish his existing café where he sells food and beverages. Luis Carlos hopes to offer more products and better the conditions of the business with a display case.
Though Luis Carlos’ education status is unknown, he is experienced in sales and management- two skills which are necessary for running a café. This loan is necessary in order for Luis Carlos to expand his business, because he is unable to do so with limited existing capital and uncertain economic conditions of Nicaragua. In addition to himself, and the family that he supports, Luis Carlos has two employees who assist him in the food preparation for the café. These salaried workers earn a consistent pay, which leaves little extra earnings for him to allocate for improvement of the café space.
Luis Carlos comes with a strong recommendation from the local Daughter of Charity who reviewed and confidently put forward his application, Sor Reyna Isabel Vargas Machado. We believe that this loan would offer Luis Carlos Navarro Solis the capital necessary to beautify, grow and expand his business.
Ricardo José Almanza Fonseca
Business: Grocery Store
Family Status: Single with older children
Loan Amount : (C)25,254 (600 USD)
Ricardo Jose Almanza Fonseca is 69 years old, first time GLOBE borrower who requested a loan of approximately $600 dollars that will be repaid over 18 months with an expected interest rate of 5%. He plans to invest in his grocery store that he operates with his friend. He has been a part of the business for the last 6 months and hopes to expand. One of his goals is to own his own home.
Ricardo is single and lives on his own, stating that his children are grown and have families of their own. Although there was no mention of his previous education, he was a sales executive, so he should know the necessary concepts and practices for safe and effective investing, as well as general sales and running a retail business. He plans to spend the loan funds on rice, sugar, beans, cheese, cream, and other dairy products to provide for the already steady customer base at the existing grocery store.
He received a strong recommendation with the rating of “1” from the Daughter of Charity, Sister Reyna Isabel Vargas Machado. She states that he is a very hardworking individual with a great motivation to rise above his current situation, despite his advanced age. This score validates that she has strong confidence in this borrower’s need for the loan and ability to pay it back.
Ofelia Janeth Suárez Mejía
Business: Food Sales
Family Status: Married with one daughter
Loan Amount (C): 17,615 (500 USD)
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2021
Ofelia Janeth Suárez Mejía is a first-time borrower of GLOBE. She is requesting a loan of $500 to be re-paid over a 24-month payback period. The loan funds will be used in order to purchase ingredients such as pork, chicken, banana leaves, and supplies that would include firewood and salt- to make typical Nicaraguan cuisine (nacatamales).
Ofelia Janeth Suárez Mejía is the only person who contributes to her household income. The local Daughter of Charity says it would be essential for GLOBE to support this family, given how she has seen them suffer and how they have true faith. We are confident that she will work hard to pay her loan back.
Ana Isabel Ramirez C.
Business: Aesthetic Clinic
Highest Level of Education: Education through at least High School, with special training as a Naturopathic clinician
Family Status: Single with 1 son & 2 brothers
Loan Amount : (NIO) 25,200 (705 USD)
Loan Term: 12-months
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2022
Ana Isabel Ramirez C. is a first-time borrower from GLOBE. She is requesting a loan of 705 USD and a payback period of six months. The funds provided by the loan would be used to expand her Aesthetic Clinic.
This single mother has one son and two brothers that she supports financially. The recent loss of her parents within months of each other has left a burden on Ana, with worries that her business will not be enough to support her family of four, as she is the oldest of the three siblings. Ana Ramirez is said to make 80,000 NIO yearly, equivalent to roughly 2,239.74 USD. Her annual income comes from her hard work within her Aesthetic Clinic. By providing Ms. Ramirez with a loan of 705 USD, she would have the opportunity to invest in additional supplies and inventory – specifically aesthetic products and naturopathic medicines. She indicates that her brother would help her in the shop. With an expected larger income from the business, she could grow the clinic’s clientele, as her business would have the potential to expand and thrive, relieving the pressure on her of supporting her son and siblings. As indicated on her loan application, there are no similar businesses in the area, so competition is not an issue. In searching for her on Instagram (@relaxyarmonia9), we found a website indicated for her clinic: www.relaxyarmonia.com. The website is very well constructed, and the address of her business appears to be in the same street as her home address. This website gives us a great deal of confidence in this borrower’s business and her ability to expand her income.
As indicated on the Daughter of Charity portion of the application, Sister Evelyn highly recommended this loan, giving it a 1 out of 5. This means that the Daughter evaluates this potential borrower as a great candidate and has confidence in their ability to repay the loan. The Finance and Risk Assessment Team agrees that this would be a great loan, especially given that the business is already established and seems to be doing well thus far.
Julio José Flores
Business: Food Kiosk
Highest Level of Education: 2 Years of High School, with experience as a traveling vendor
Family Status: Married with 6 children
Loan Amount : (NIO) 17,900 (500 USD)
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2022
Julio José Flores is a first-time borrower from GLOBE. He is requesting a loan of 500 USD and a payback period of twelve months. The funds provided by the loan would be used to purchase more supplies for his business.He wishes to purchase a freezer, beans, rice and oil for a food kiosk business in Managua, Nicaragua. He has been in business for about a month and half and wants to expand his products to increase sales and earn more money.
Julio is 64 years old, and this is his own business. He previously worked in maintenance and also as a traveling vendor, so presumably has some experience in sales. Julio currently sells food at his kiosk for breakfasts, lunches and refreshments - providing nourishment for others. He is married and has six adult children. He expects to run the business with his wife but will not be spending any money on additional labor. His wife does not earn any additional income.
Both he and his wife would like to work from their home with this kiosk rather than having to travel to work. This shift to work from home would likely reduce their current expenses as well. So, although the risk of this loan is a little higher than average, we have faith in Julio and his family that they will be able to pay us back, because it seems as if they have a stable income and a great desire to be successful with this business so, according to what they wrote in their application, they “do not want to be a burden on their children”. The Daughter of Charity gives Julio José the strongest recommendation rating of 1 and knows Julio and his wife through their son. She has visited the business and has a great deal of faith in its potential for success. We therefore strongly recommend approval of this loan.
Xiomara Vanessa Lopez Vargas Age: 35 years old
Business: To expand room board business
Loan Amount: $497
Loan Term: 12 months
Semester Loan Was Given: Fall 2022
Xiomara is a first-time GLOBE borrower, and is requesting a loan of 497 USD (17,867.75 NIO) to be paid over 12 months to expand her room rental business. She wishes to purchase materials to fix up new rooms to rent to university students who look for a safe, livable space.
Xiomara is 35 years old and works as a teacher in the mornings and as a landlord in Managua, Nicaragua. She is married and has a daughter that is 5 years old. Xiomara wishes to expand her business by fixing up other rooms to rent, in order to generate a stable income to support her family. It's important to note that she plans to save money from the income generated to support her daughter in the unlikely event anything happens to either Xiomara or her spouse. Expanding her business will enable Xiomara to realize her goals, and better support her family.
She has two streams of income, a master's in education, and is strongly recommended by the local Daughter of Charity. She works as a teacher and has real estate property which gives her steady income, and we wish to note that with refurbishing extra rooms for rent, her income is likely to increase as she pays back the loan.The Daughter of Charity and Microloan Coordinator for this loan, Sister Evelyn Gonzalez, has given a ‘1’ rating for this borrower, out of a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 indicating a STRONG recommendation. This means that Sister Evelyn Gonzalez evaluates this potential borrower as a great candidate and has confidence in her ability to repay the loan. Sister Evelyn also states that she has known Xiomara for a year and a half and that she is responsible and trustworthy. With the information provided, we believe that Xiomara Vanessa Lopez Vargas can pay back the loan. We hope that this first GLOBE loan will help Xiomara to renovate the property and keep providing a stable income for her and her family.
Marelyn Lorena Alvarado González
Highest Level of Education: University Graduate
Family Status: Married with 4 children
Loan Amount : $1,000 USD
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2023
Marelyn Lorena Alvarado González is a first-time GLOBE borrower, and a mother of four children. She is looking to expand her existing business, which is a retail nursery. Her business is focused on the sale of ornamental and decorated plants and pots. With the money from this loan, she would purchase plants, soil, fertilizers, and flowerpot containers. She is asking for a loan of C$36,860 ($1,000 USD) to make sure she can continue, as she states, “…to expand, acquire a greater variety of plants to offer to interested companies and establish ourselves in the marketplace, and to provide a better economic contribution to the family”.
Marelyn lives in Managua, Nicaragua and where she operates a nursery, and is using the money she borrowed to expand her nursery business, buying and selling ornamental and decorated plants and pots. This is an established, existing business, and she indicates that there are no competitors with similar businesses in her vicinity. Marelyn is well-educated and has a strong business
We have complete confidence that Marelyn will be able to pay back this loan. We think that the 12-month period that Marelyn has requested is manageable given her current income. Our recommendation is supported by the local Daughter of Charity who gives Marelyn a strong recommendation of “1”. She cites the borrower’s enthusiasm and entrepreneurial will, as someone who strives to succeed and improve her business. Given the borrower’s education and experience, moderately low risk, and demonstrated business success, we strongly believe that she will be a successful GLOBE entrepreneur.
Business: All-Natural Smoothie Shop
Highest Level of Education: High School Graduate/Student in University
Family Status: Single
Clarice Vanessa Gutiérrez is a first time GLOBE borrower and is asking for $1,000 to help her expand her current all-natural smoothie business that she started and operates with the help of her mother and siblings. She plans on using the money from this loan to purchase a larger variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as containers, napkins, a new blender, and an electric juicer. Clarice started this business with her mother and her 3 younger siblings to help fund her studies towards a university degree. She also started this business as a means to help bring in more income for her family since unfortunately, her father passed away 6 years ago.
Clarice’s business currently earns enough money to be able to put herself through college and support her family. This is impressive because it shows her excellent entrepreneurial spirit at a very young age.
We believe this business will continue to succeed due to the rising consumer awareness towards the nutritional benefits of organic beverages, such as fruit juice, which are free from added sugars, flavors, and preservatives, is primarily driving the global fruit juice market. The fertile soil of Nicaragua creates a true paradise for the production of a wide variety of delicious fruits and vegetables.
The local Daughter of Charity, gave Clarice a strong recommendation and this gives us the confidence that she will be a successful GLOBE borrower. The Daughter of Charity describes Clarice as “young and enthusiastic with a desire to succeed”. She further describes her as “enterprising, dynamic, and creative”, and explains that she has the strong support of her mother who tries to empower her in this culinary enterprise that she enjoys.
Name: Florence AkpojaroLocation: Edo State, NigeriaAge: 30 years oldBusiness: Trade on wearsLoan Amount: 60000 Naira ($375.00 USD)Repayment Period: 20 months
Personal and Family Information:
Florence Akpojaro is married with 8 children. She currently owns a business where she buys clothing such as dresses, shoes, bags, etc. and sells to people in her community. Florence has eight children: two stay at home, two in secondary school, three in primary school and one in college. Though she is married, their income is 180,000 Naira ($1,122.89 USD) and is not sufficient for their daily needs. She plans to use the loan to meet her daily needs and towards her children’s education. She also is running the business alone and will not hire employees to help run the business. She intends to use the loan to extend her current business by adding more clothing pieces and accessories. Before the loan, Akpojaro’s business brought in 3000 Nigerian Naira (per week), which is equivalent to about $18.70 a week. GLOBE has hopes of helping Akpojaro’s meet her daily necessities through this loan and business. The loan is on a 20-month repayment payment period where she would only have to pay 3% interest on the initial loan of $375.
Location: Ute Oheze Village, Edo State, NigeriaAge: 42Business: Petty trade such as selling crayfishName of Business: Petty tradeDate Received Loan: 23 March 2009Loan Amount: 25,000 Naira ($163 USD) Date repayment of the Loan: 13 October 2009Personal and Family Information: A widow with six children. They live off a small farm close to their home.
Emela is a poor woman who struggles to take care of her family due to the hardships they have faced both economically and physically. She has three children who have bad cases of congenital cataracts. This is a condition where the natural lens of the eyes is clouded instead of being clear. It is generally associated with aging but there are cases of infants being born with it.
Two years ago, the children had operations to remove the cataracts and then received eyeglasses for correction.
As a result, Emela needs the loan to be able to provide her children with medical check-ups and treatment so they may continue to retain their vision. She plans to use the loan to create a new petty trade business selling fish and other items. She, of course, hopes to achieve success as soon as possible in keeping with the previously agreed time frame for the loan.
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
In March 2009, Emela borrowed N 20,000 (130 USD) to start a petty trade business in her village in Nigeria. She used the loan to buy dry fish, crayfish, dry meat, and palm oil from a big market in the city; and resell them to consumers in the village and community market. In October 2009, a little over six months from the date she borrowed the loan, Emela was able to repay the full amount. “I am grateful to St. John’s Global Micro Loan Program,” says Emela, “they have helped me and other widows in finding a means of livelihood”
With the help of this loan I was able to accomplish the following:
How has this loan positively impacted your life and that of your family? Your community?
Please include any opportunities you had to collaborate with other people, organizations or government.
The Daughters of Charity have been of great help to my family. Three of my children are visually impaired and they are being supported in providing medical and educational assistant through the help of other NGOs.
Location: Abudu, Edo State, NigeriaAge: 32Business: To develop a small trade business buying and reselling foods.Name of Business: Petty trade (foodstuff)Loan Amount: 10,000 Naira ($65 USD)Date Received: 23 March 2009 Date repayment of the Loan: Still in progress Amount Paid: N 4,000
Personal and Family Information: Married with three children and living happily.
Blessing Sunday has had a difficult year. Like many people, she is looking to change her life by becoming an entrepreneur. One of her children became ill last year and the family spent all its money on medical expenses. Unfortunately, this was not enough and the child passed away. Blessing and her husband still have three children to care for.
She has developed a plan to buy and resell food in different villages. In order to start this business, she is requesting a loan of 10,000 Naira for 9 months. The opportunity to start this business may provide a stable income for the family. Blessing has prior experience in trading and hopes to use this in her new business. Her desire to succeed is driven by the need to provide for the entire family. Blessing Sunday is like many entrepreneurs, looking to make a difference and some day she may be able to expand.
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Blessing received the loan of N 10,000 (65USD) and bought plantains, bananas, and pineapples from farmers in the villages and brought them to a small town to resell to consumers in the market.
She has paid some of the total loan back, but has faced some very hard times. She was forced to take some of this money to provide food and other basic needs for her family in the face of hunger and hardship.
Through this loan I was able to accomplish the following:
Until I ran into some problems the loan had the following impacts on my life and that of the family:
Location: Ossiomo, Edo State, Nigeria
Age: 30Business: SeamstressName of Business: fashion designLoan Amount: 20,000 Naira ($130 USD)Date Received Loan: 30 March 2010Date repayment of the Loan: 28 July 2010Personal and Family Information: Married with two children, but not living with her husband
Blessing Omotayo is a hardworking mother who wants to provide the most she can for her two children. She has sewn ever since she was a child and has gathered a great amount of knowledge, experience, and skill. Mrs. Omotayo will use the loan money to purchase a sewing machine.
Currently, sewing a garment is a tedious and lengthy process because all the work must be done by hand. The sewing machine will greatly reduce the time needed to sew a garment. This allows Mrs. Omotayo to produce a greater number of garments in a shorter amount of time. With the sewing machine, Mrs. Omotayo plans to open a new business so she can provide enough money for her and her family to live. She is determined to succeed because the business will give her independence and allow her children to attend school.
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Blessing Omotayo used the loan of N 20,000 (130 USD) to purchase a sewing machine and is now selling her clothing and earning a living. She was able to repay her loan on July 2010.
With the help of this loan I was able to accomplish the followings:
How has this loan positively impacted your life and that of your family? Your community?
Location: Abakpa-Nike, Enugu, NigeriaAge: 32Business: SeamstressName of Business: Sales of clothes.Loan Amount: 50,000 Naria ($330 USD)Date Received: 27 November 2010 Personal and Family Information: Left her abusive husband. She and her children are starting a new life.
Uche Muomah has suffered under her husband for many years and with the opportunity offered from GLOBE she no longer has to endure this spousal abuse. Uche decided to leave her husband in an effort to improve life with her children. She is a seamstress who wishes to expand her business with this loan that is being requested. She wishes to continue sewing and trading the clothes to take care of her family in hopes of being self-sufficient. She wants to prove her independence by showing that she doesn’t need her husband to survive.
Uche has already had some success evident in the fact that this loan is an expansion of her business. A Daughter of Charity remarks that she is too young to have to go through incessant torture and beatings. This micro-loan is a life changing opportunity.
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Uche Muomah was given a loan of N 50,000 (330USD) and used it to buy clothes from whole sellers and sell them in the local markets. She repaid the full N 50,000 loan.
“There is a remarkable positive impact in the life of Uche and her family. Their physical out look and mood of dressing is so impressive and it has contributed to the fact that she has a means of livelihood and not living to look up to relatives for charity.” Sister Olivia, Nigeria
With the help of this loan I was able to accomplish the following:
The loan has helped me to take care of my family feeding, upkeeps and paying of my children school fees and upkeep for myself. I am grateful to St. John’s Global Microloan Program GLOBE for their assistance.
Please include any opportunities you had to collaborate with other people, organizations or government.
I have been collaborating with a water factory that supplies me with sachet drinking water in a large quantity and I sell them to local customers/consumers.
Age: 30 yearsLoan Request: $200 (US)Business: TradeDate Received: 5 October, 2009Date repayment of the loan: Still outstanding Amount Repaid: N 15,000Personal and Family Information: Single mother with four children
Francisca is a 30-year-old woman living in Nigeria. She is currently a single mother with four young children, who was abandoned by her husband. She has received some education and has had experience being both a trader and a farmer.
Francisca will use the loan she has received to expand her current trading business. The loan will allow her to purchase more items to sell. The benefits of the loan will be used to help support her four children and to put them through school, amongst other things. Francisca is a promising young woman who has plans to have her children help her with the business. The Finance Team is confident that Francisca will have no problem repaying her loan within the 12-month repayment period.
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Francisca received the loan in October 2009, purchased cassava and processed it into cassava powder (Garri) and sold it to both retailers and consumers. She also bought cola-nut to resell. The loan has been a means of livelihood and has helped her to send her children to school and buy clothes and food for her family. She intends to repay the loan by the end of June 2011. “St. John’s loan has been helpful to me and my family. My children can now attend good schools, participant in school activities and interact with other children in the community”
“The loan has helped Francisca to assume responsibility for her family, enhance her dignity and self worth as a woman and has improved standard of living in the family.” – Sr. Olivia, Daughters of Charity, Nigeria
Age: 22 yearsLoan Request: $300 (US)Business: TradeName of Business: Trade (Babies wears)Date Received: 23 March 2009 Loan Amount: N 30,000 (200 USD) Date of last payment of the Loan: 21 July 2010 Amount: 25,000Personal and Family Information: Single
Justina Josiah is a 22-year-old woman living in Nigeria. She currently lives with her brother because she lost her father at a very young age and her mother resides elsewhere. She has obtained some education previously and her past and current occupation is trade.
Justina’s loan will be used to expand her current trading business. With the money she recieves, she will purchase items that are essential for mothers who have babies. Besides expanding her current trading business, the money that will be generated from her trading will go towards supporting herself as well as her mother. Unfortunately for Justina, her childhood was very unpleasant since her mother was unable to take care of her. The Finance Team believes that Justina will be a successful borrower and will be able to repay her loan during the 12-month repayment period.
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Justina used the loan to buy baby wears, shoes and accessories and sell them in the market. This business has allowed her to take care of her family’s needs and upkeep. She has paid N 25,000 and hopes to pay the remaining N 5000 balance in the next few months. “I am grateful to St. John’s Micro loan Program GLOBE. I pray that God will continue to bless and reward them for giving me this loan.”
With the help of this loan I was able to accomplish the following:
Age: 30 yearsLoan Request: $130 (US)Business: Provision StoreName of Business: Petty tradeDate Received: 18 February 2009 Loan Amount: N 20,000 (130 USD) Date repayment of the Loan: 2 December 2009 Amount: N 20,000Personal and Family Information: Separated mother of three children
Patience Tayo is a 30-year-old mother. She resides in Nigeria with just her three children, since she is separated from her husband. Her past occupations include being a hair stylist, a trader, and a housewife.
The southern part of Nigeria is an area that is graced with regular rainfall throughout the entire year. It is very difficult to estimate the annual income for people residing in this region, since they can hardly keep track of it themselves. There are numerous tribes and many different languages in this area, filled with people of a rich and diverse heritage.
Patience has high aspirations for the loan we have granted her. She plans to move away from hair styling and being a trader, to open up a new provision store. At this provision store, she will sell necessities such as beverages and toiletries in her region. This loan is very important for Patience. Besides funding the start-up of her new store, the success of her business will directly benefit her family who desperately needs the help. The Finance Team is very certain that Patience will have no problem repaying her loan within the 12-month repayment period.
Globe loan borrower Patience Tayo with cans of oil for salePatience with cans of oil for sale
**Update as of June 7, 2011:
Patience borrowed N 20,000 in February 2009 and repaid the full loan in December 2009. She used part of the money to purchase palm oil for storage to resell when the oil is out of season and used remaining money to purchase plantains, coco-yams and pineapples from farmers in the village markets and resell them to consumers in urban areas.
With the help of this loan I was able to accomplish the following:
“I am grateful to St. John’s Global Micro Loan Program (GLOBE) for assisting me and other women across the world that are in need and pray God to bless all those have contributed to this support.”
Age: 38Business: Cooked Viands and Sari-Sari StoreEducation: Vocational/ CosmetologyLoan Amount (peso): 25,000.00 (532 USD)Loan Term: 24 – months
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2015
Olive Cerro is currently a laundry woman and house helper. She is a single mother of 8 children. Three of her children are not in her custody because they live in a temporary shelter, which is run by the Hospicio de San Jose. She is seeking a loan for groceries, kitchenware, and ingredients as a part of her new business of selling cooked viands. Olive will be working by herself in her business. Olive is eager to start her business to support her family.
Her ultimate goal is to be economically independent, but most importantly to get her children back in her custody. Aside from the business, she is attempting to grow her family is all that she has in the world and it means nothing to attain monetary gains if it isn’t for the purposes of helping her family.
Age: 45Business: Piggery/ TailoringHighest Level of Education: Elementary GraduateLoan Amount (peso): 30,000.00 (638 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Julieta Taburnal is a married woman with 4 children. She is a farmer and housewife seeking to get into the businesses of piggery and tailoring. She hopes to use the loan amount to expand her business, and potentially staff employees. The money will be used for a new set of pigs and a tailoring machine. So far, there are not many similar businesses nearby, providing Julieta the competitive edge on this front.
Julieta really wants to sustain her family’s needs, investing in their education, despite the fact she herself only attained the highest level of education as an elementary school graduate. Mother’s like Julieta want to provide their children the opportunity they themselves could not take. Owning the piggery and tailoring business can help her family a great deal. If the business goes well, Julieta wants to start employing others to help her with her entrepreneur project helping others in the community.
Age: 33Business: Selling Dried Fish and CrabsEducation: CollegeLoan Amount (peso): 30,000.00 (638 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Lorie Silorio is a married woman with two children. She hopes to use her loan to continue on with her business of selling dried fish and crabs. The money will be used towards new sets of fish meat, a weighing scale, baskets, and other necessary materials. She plans on selling the dried fish to the Sari-Sari store. Currently, her business earns P2800.00/week. If she can further expand her business, she can further help the community.
There was recently a typhoon in the province of Philippines that Lorie resides in, and anything she can do to help the community would be beneficial to all. It takes one person’s offer to help to change a community and it can be Lorie’s contribution that can help with the alleviation of poverty in her region. Lorie is dedication to both her children and her community and a loan from GLOBE has given her the step forward to do so.
Location: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 52 years oldBusiness: Cow Raising EnterpriseLoan Amount: $640.00Repayment Period: 24 months
Rufina is a first-time borrower requesting the equivalent of 640 USD (at current exchange rates) for a cow-raising business located in Libon, Albay, Philippines. She is a married mother with six children. Her goal is to provide a steady income for her family, have her children get an adequate education, and help people in her community by offering them employment. Rufina intends to purchase two 2-3-month-old cows or better purchase them while they are still in their mother’s womb (which presents very little risk). After the purchase of the cows, Rufina will provide the infant calves the necessary medical and nutritional needs that are required to successfully raising cows. Rufina intends to raise a female cow to be a mother and in return will allow to her continue producing infant calves in the future.
Rufina intends to employ people within the community and believes that with, “the employment of other people in the community is envisioned as a help for others when our business enterprise succeeds. They too may be inspired by what we intend to do, and so we will provide them with small capital from our project so that gradually our community will progress with all the children going to school and prepare them for a good paying job”.
The loan will be repaid over a 24-month period based with 5% interest calculated on a declining balance method. Rufina Rufina asked if she could make payments on a yearly basis. Rufina will make monthly interest payments, but defer the principal until the end of each year (two installments equal to half the loan principal or $320).
Age: 22Business: BakeryEducation: High SchoolLoan Amount (peso): 30,000.00 (638 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Maricar Octaviano is a single mother of 3 kids. She has background in being a baker, specializing in bread making and other pastries. Her high school vocation also specialized in this occupational background. The loan provided by GLOBE will be used for merchandise purchases for the expanding business. Currently her business earns P500/week and there are similar businesses in the areas. Despite this potential barrier, Maricar is every bit capable of increasing her family’s income.
And by doing so, Maricar is keen to help the women sector of her community to be uplifted after super Typhoon Yolanda that hit the area in November 2014. Natural disasters sometimes cause those in impoverished regions to stumble in the way of earning income and it is up to entities such as GLOBE to give a chance to anyone who wants to make a difference.
Location: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 40Business: StoreLoan Amount (peso): 30,000.00 (646 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Maria is married with 4 children. She specializes in buying and selling palay (rice pre-husking). She is requesting her loan in order to expand her palay business and to also allocate money towards her husband’s tricycle operations. She also owns her own family-operated Sari Sari store. Maria wants this loan in order to support her children in their studies. One of the Daughters of Charity has described her to be “hard-working, honest, and a responsible woman.” With the loan, Maria can instill these types of traits in her children, whom she is working very hard to provide for.
Location: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 49 years oldBusiness: Grocery storeEducation: High school graduateLoan Amount: 860 USDLoan Term: 24-months
Imelda is a married woman with ten children, two of who have families of their own. Imelda is requesting her loan to expand her grocery store, which is located just outside her house. She plans to stay self-employed, refraining from employing others to work with her. Her grocery store will supply household products, attracting mostly nearby residents. With the loan, she plans to raise her family’s income to keep her family happy and united. Those in the Libon area, and in the Philippines in general, hold strong family ties. Therefore, Imelda will do whatever is needed to provide for her family. Hard work and dedication will help her with what she hopes to achieve.
The loan provided to Imelda will not only help her family, but also further contribute to the prosperity of her community. Local businesses help the Libon area to ensure income is circulating within the neighborhood, benefiting those in impoverished conditions. After partnering with GLOBE, Imelda has hopes of one day acting as a microloan entity herself, potentially lending to others in her community at reduced interest rates.
Location: West Carisac, Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 39 yearsBusiness: Food-vendingEducation: High School graduateLoan Amount: 431 USDLoan Term: 24-months
Marilou L. Racines is a married woman with five children. She is in the business of food vending and requests a loan in order to purchase cooking materials to expand her business. Marilou L. Racines prepares meals in her business. The loan will be used to purchase sticky rice, coconut, sugar, root crops and fuel. Marilou is the sole proprietor of the business and she will not be employing others to work with her.
She hopes the extra income that will come as a result of attaining this loan will help her children, as it would give her means to buy them adequate supplies. Marilou has taken her loan out with GLOBE because there are others in the region who lend money, but with higher interest rates. GLOBE has decided to invest in Marilou because there are not many similar businesses in her area. Sister Gloria, a Daughter of Charity, has testified on her behalf stating that Gloria is a “serious, determined, and focused woman with a strong dedication to improving the lives of her family members.” Family is the motivating force for borrowers such as Marilou and many of our other GLOBE borrowers.
Location: Alongong, Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 29 years oldBusiness: PoultryLoan Amount: 430 USDLoan Term: 24-months
Benie Sepato is a married housewife with four children. She has had training in physical therapy, but now she is requesting a loan to create a poultry business. Despite an education and a lack of experience, she has a viable proposed enterprise, which the Finance and Risk Assessment team has approved. Benie will have the help of her family. With the help of the loan, she will be purchasing supplies such as coco lumber, bamboo, chicken wire, nails, rattan, and nipa (a form of palm). The money will also be used for labor and transportation costs, purchase and maintenance of chickens, and medical expenses. She also wishes to establish a contingency fund.
Like most of our other borrowers, Benie hopes to invest in her children’s education. Education is a keenly valued by most of our GLOBE borrowers and most of our women borrowers who are mothers want to invest in their children’s future.
Although the poultry-raising business can be seen as a lucrative business, even in the Philippines, it is still a popular and upcoming, booming enterprise. Sister Camposono, one of the Daughters of Charity in the field, has vouched for Benie deeming her to be a responsible, hardworking woman. Benie L. Sepato has the spirit and tenacity to flourish with her business, and most of our borrowers have the same level of dedication as her.
Location: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 42 yearsBusiness: Food goodsEducation: One year of collegeLoan Amount: 860 USDLoan Term: 24-months
LiLibeth is a farmer with five children. Her main source of income is from managing a buy/sell food goods business. With a loan, she hopes to expand her business, increasing her weekly income by $85.00. The loan will be used to buy inventory for her store such as bananas, coconuts, vegetables, dried fish, oil, and firewood. Since the events of a recent flood, the economic situation of the areas has caused significant damage to the residents. LiLibeth hopes to contribute to economic prosperity in her area, where employment is generally low and there is a lack of access to productive resources.
LiLibeth has stated, “There are people in our community who lend money but charge very high interest! When I would have enough money I will help other start business.” LiLibeth hopes her loan will help her community and family. Her goal for the business is to learn ways to solve poverty in her community. Also, she wants to learn how to unite her family through engaging them in the business.
Location: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 44 years oldBusiness: Duck-raisingLoan Amount: 645 USDLoan Term: 24-months
Jocelyn is a housewife residing with her husband and three children. She has had experience in raising ducks and wants to create a new duck-raising business. In her old business, her supply of ducks was lost in a major flood. She now has to start from scratch, with mostly money received from GLOBE. With the loan, Jocelyn wishes to resume her business. The money will be used to buy ducklings, fishnets, bamboo posts, deeds, containers, and medicine. She will, herself, be making the housing for the ducklings to grow and live. With the income earned, she hopes to allocate money towards her children’s educational expenses. Since she will be self-employed, her children will also be helping giving the family more bonding time. Jocelyn wants to show her children that they too have the potential to start their own businesses in due time.
In the area of Libon, the principal source of economic activity is from agriculture. Duck-raising is reaching traction in the region, with it being a rising industry in the Philippines. Jocelyn recognizes the potential for her business growth, but she may have to wait a year to actually turn a profit. The ducklings she will be purchasing will not be old enough to hatch eggs until they have matured. Despite time being in the way, Jocelyn’s dedication is sufficient enough to make her an exemplary candidate of being a GLOBE borrower. She can succeed like the many GLOBE borrowers before her because of her entrepreneurial spirit.
Location: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesAge: 40 yearsBusiness: Hog-raising / rice-sellingEducation: High school graduateLoan Amount: 860 USDLoan Term: 24-months
Marivic is a separated mother with five children. She is separated from her husband due to his “harmful vices.” She has previously worked as a caregiver and has done laundry services for others in her community. Now as a farmer, Marivic hopes to begin a hog raising and rice selling business. The hog-raising business is quite popular in the Philippines and her children will be aiding her with it. With the money, she wants to invest in her children’s pursuit of education.
One of her children, Marillac Grantee, volunteers with the Daughters of Charity. Marivic wholeheartedly wishes to use the loan to help her family, valuing their education. Marivic is an example of one of the many GLOBE borrowers who exemplify women empowerment, taking control of her own life and the lives of her children. She is given a chance to be the head of her household, having her children rely on her.
Location: Rendu Community Center, Pasay City, PhilippinesAge: 24 years oldBusiness: Bag-sellingHighest Level of Education: Second Year High SchoolLoan Amount (peso): 35,000 (760 USD)Loan Term: 24-months
Cindy M. Agpaoa is one of our first time borrowers hoping to use her loan to start a bag sewing business. She has had training in baking cakes and pastries, but possesses a skill set in bag sewing. She is married with three children, but due to health issues, her husband is currently not working, making Cindy the sole-provider for her family at the moment. It is usually because of health issues that most borrowers are incapable of working or sometimes incapable of paying a loan back on time.
Nonetheless, Cindy is dedicated to starting her business. Cindy believes her business will boom because Pasay City is a tourist spot. The urbanization of the city would allow for her to reach a targeted marketing segment of tourists to sell bags to. Cindy hopes to establish a relationship with the Food for Life organization, who can potentially be a buyer of the bags. Cindy is very dedicated to lifting her and her family out of poverty, like most female borrowers, and her feasible business plan has the utmost potential to do so. With a loan from GLOBE, Cindy has a greater chance to be financially responsible and independent which brings us one step closer to alleviating poverty.
Location: Rendu Community Center, Pasay CityAge: 33 years oldBusiness: Tricycle-drivingHighest Level of Education: Third Year High SchoolLoan Amount: 1603 USDLoan Term: 24-months
Angelito Roscano is a 33-year-old male with five children. He has held jobs as a tricycle driver, construction worker, vendor, and farm worker. His highest level of edication is attending third year of high school. Angelito is requesting a loan for his transportation services, mainly for a tricycle business. His wife is currently not earning any income, so Angelito is the sole provider for his wife and five kids. Angelito has the hopes of eventually possessing his own transportation business to invest in both his family and maybe in other business ventures.
Angelito and his family currently live in extreme poverty as they have low-level income and also lack a place of residence. The family current lives in the Rendu Community Center in Pasay City, where the area is very congested with locals. Pasay is also a tourist spot, so Angelito’s business has the utmost potential to prevail because of the high demand for efficient travel around the city. If all goes well, Angelito and his family can pull themselves out of their level of poverty and possess their own place of residence.
With the loan, Angelito purchased the necessary items to begin work as a tricycle driver, using $1068 for a motorbike and $320 for a sidecar. The remainder of the amount is for other initial expenses. Our Finance team was not skeptical in giving this loan because he has the necessary experience as a tricycle driver.
Age: 46 yearsRegion: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesBusiness: Farming, Rice and Vegetable RaisingLoan Amount and Term: 30,000 PHP = 645.60 USD over 24 monthsMarital Status: MarriedNumber of Children: FiveHighest Level of Education: High School Graduate
Ludicia is a first-time borrower who requested 645.60 USD for a Rice and Vegetable raising business located in Libon, Albay. Her goal is to provide a steady income for her family and sustain their needs. She requested that the loan is spread over a 24-month term, and indicates that she can afford to pay every four months, with the equivalent of a monthly payment of up to $32.86. Given Ludicia’s current occupation as a fish vendor, she earns a relatively low income, which can be expanded if she pursues her new business plan. Agriculture is the biggest industry in Albay. The province is characterized by the fertile plains and farming climate. The plains of Albay would allow Ludicia to have a profitable and growing farming business of rice and vegetables. Some crops raised in this area include coconut, rice, sugar, and many more vegetables.
Ludicia plans to implement her knowledge in modern farming to succeed and earn a suitable annual income for her family. Also, she plans to share and extend her knowledge and skills to other local farmers to increase the sustainability of farming in the community.
The finance team in Spring 2016 believed that an entrepreneur like Ludicia is someone who has displayed a well-developed and disciplined project proposal for her intended business. She has portrayed great qualities of determination and trustworthiness. The Daughter of Charity has mentioned that Ludicia is motivated, hard-working, and responsible. GIven her social and economic ideologies, she will be an empowering leader within her local community and will make great changes in the Philippines.
Age: 43 yearsRegion: Libon, Albay, PhilippinesPurpose of Loan: Farming, Vegetables (eggplant)Loan Amount and Term: 40,000 PHP = 860 USD 12 months, paid monthly after the first two monthsHighest Level of Education: 3rd Year High SchoolTraining/Special Skills: Farming
Vilma is a first-time borrower requesting 860 USD for an eggplant farming business located in Libon, Albay. She is a married mother of six children. Her goal is to provide a steady income for her family and allow her children to complete their studies. Her oldest daughter is currently studying to become a teacher. The loan will be spread across a 12-month term with monthly payments of $73.62 USD. Vilma’s household earns an additional $5170 USD, which will help her to repay the loan on in a timely manner. Agriculture is the biggest industry in Albay. Libon is characterized by the fertile plains and farming climate. These plains of Albay would allow Vilma to expand a profitable eggplant farming business.
Vilma plans to hire 6-8 people to help her prepare the land for these farming activities. Vilma has indicated that she would be able to repay the loan within one year. This will allow her to earn an income through the farming business within the season and then repay the loan in a timely manner. Included in her project proposal are specific tools that need to be rented including tractors and transplanting tools. Also, the seeds will be purchased along with necessary fertilizer and pesticides.
An entrepreneur like Vilma is someone that has displayed a well-developed and disciplined project proposal for her intended business. Vilma portrayed great qualities of determination and trustworthiness. Vilma is motivated, hard-working, and responsible. With her social and economic ideologies, she will be an empowering leader within her local community and will make great changes in the Philippines.
Trần Hoàng Yến (Head Of The Group)
Trần Thị Kim Thu
Trần Thị Thụy Vũ
Đào Thế Thùy Trang
Ages: 39, 27, 29, 40
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Business: Dresses for Supermarkets
Loan Amount: $3,000 USD
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2011
Tran Hoang Yen is the head of a four-person group of professional tailors. These four people are going to use their expertise to help ten women sew dresses in mass production to sell at the supermarket. The loan will help to expand this already existing business. Ms. Yen has already borrowed a loan through the Daughters of Charity in the past. She has paid back her loan on schedule. This new loan would be used for more sewing machines and textiles, since the business will be hiring new unemployed women in the area. This loan will not only help one person, but also a group of people. The more people involved with a loan, the more people we are helping out of poverty.
This is GLOBE’s first group loan. As a class, we thought this group loan would be a great first start into a new type of loan. Since this business is already established and doing very well we thought the risk would be far less than a group who doesn’t have an existing business. This group has also taken out a loan before and repaid their loan in full. They understand how a loan works and are committed to repaying the loan also lessening the risk. Overall, we are very excited to give out our first group loan and feel this is a great opportunity for GLOBE.
Business: To purchase a motorbike to commute to work
Training/skills: Farming skills
Education: Completed High School
Family Status: Single, lives with parents
Loan Amount $ 721
Loan Term: 16 months
Ms. Le is a single, first-time GLOBE borrower. She belongs to a family of farmers. Her parents are older and could not do more than help her finish her high school studies. She just completed high school and began working in a factory. Transportation is poor and there are no buses in her area. Ms. Le has to bike 20 KM daily in order to get to work. Bicycles are very hard to use during the hot season in Vietnam, especially when the distance is so long. She would like to purchase a motorbike to help her to get to work.
Age: 31 years old
Business: Sells perfume on the Internet
Education: College Educated
Family Status: Single, lives with parents
Loan Amount: $238.00
Semester Loan Was Given: Spring 2014
Lê Thị Quỳnh Nhur is a first time GLOBE borrower and lives with her ailing parents in Ho Chi Minh City. Although she is employed in a firm and earns a regular salary, her income is not sufficient to cover the medical expenses for her mother and diabetic and handicapped father. Lê is a college graduate who tries to help the family's income by trading and selling perfume on the internet in May 2013. By taking the loan, Lê is expected to amplify earnings by 50% per month. The additional income not only will help the family meet the medical expenses, but also will allow Lê to save enough to acquire her own business capital at the end of the one-year's operation.
This is the first time that Lê is taking out a loan. We are excited that Lê is the first borrower that shows technological literacy and access to the internet, which might allow GLOBE to follow up the client and measure impact. Further, we are optimistic about her ability to repay the loan, as this is an existing business with a good track record, and she is an educated borrower.
Age: 49 years old
Business: Vegetable Vendor
Loan Amount: $81.00Loan Term: 12 months
Semester Loan Was Given: Spring 2014
Pham Thi Men is a married first time GLOBE borrower, working as a vegetable vendor in Ho Chi Minh City. Her husband works as a Honda conductor, but is unable to consistently work due to his precarious health. The amount that she has requested will be used to further expand her current business as a vegetable vendor through the purchase of additional inventory. With the loan from GLOBE, Pham expects to boost her earnings. With her additional income, she hopes to provide better living conditions for her and her family, which consists of her husband, and their three children. She also wishes to pay for her son’s education.
Street vending is a common occupation in developing countries worldwide, but more specifically it is prevalent in cities such as Ho Chi Minh. Street vendors in Ho Chi Minh City make up over 6% of the total workface and over 11% of total informal employment. Almost 70% of the street vendors in Ho Chi Minh City are women. This is due to the fact that there are low entry costs and flexible hours, which permits women to work a schedule that allows them to also take care of their families. Extending a loan to Pham Thi Men will allow her to grow and stabilize her vending business and provide stability to herself and her family.
Business: Employee in a Food-Processing Store
Education: College Graduate
Family Status: Single, lives with mother
Loan Amount: $950.00
Loan Term: 24 Months
Nguyen T Huyen Tran is a first time GLOBE borrower. Ms. Nguyen is a single, college graduate who lives with her widowed mother in the region of Dalat, Vietnam. It is a very mountainous region with a harsh climate. These factors make it difficult to travel in the cold by foot or bicycle, both of which our borrower has been using as her only modes of transportation to get to her place of work at a food-processing store. This has taken a generous toll on her health, and it is difficult for her to make it to work on time, jeopardizing her employment. Her father passed away while she was in high school, and she has been solely responsible for the monetary stability of the family.
Ms. Nguyen's annual household income is well below the national GDP per capita. She applied for the GLOBE loan with the purpose of purchasing a motorbike to comfortably navigate her way through the rough terrain of the mountains in Dalat, so she may get to work on time every day.
Business: Delivers fish to fish sauce factories using his lorry (small truck)
Loan Amount: $945
Loan Term: 24 months
Semester Loan Was Given: Spring 2014
Bùi Ngoc Hùng is a first time GLOBE borrower. He is married with three children. He lives in Phan Thit, a coastal city in Southeastern Vietnam. Bùi independently owns and drives a lorry (small truck) which he uses to deliver fish to small fish sauce factories/producers. He applied for a loan, so he could finance repairs that are necessary for his aging vehicle in order to continue to operate and expand his business. He would also like to subsequently increase his income, and allow him to pay for his second child’s business education. Bùi has successfully taken out and repaid a loan in the past from another MFI, which he used to buy his lorry. This gives us the confidence that he would make a responsible GLOBE borrower.
There is a stable demand for the service that Bùi provides and the likelihood that he will continue to operate his business at a profitable level. Bùi believes the repairs to his lorry will allow him to expand his business, as the vehicle will be able to transport more goods and eliminate mechanical breakdowns that represent costly repairs and take time away from his business.
Bùi reports he earns significantly lower than the GDP per capita in Vietnam. This loan could have the potential to improve the family’s standard of living and break the cycle of poverty by giving the children enhanced opportunities to complete their education.
Business: Motor scooter used to commute
Loan Amount: $333.33
Loan Term: 15 months
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2014
Nguyen Bien Cuong, is a 37 year old man, living in Dak Lak with his wife and three children. Cuong was divorced and remarried after 7 years, his first two children are from his first marriage and the last child is with his current wife. Cuong does not own a house yet but that is one of his goals.
Cuong is currently employed doing manual labor in the country site. Cuong is going to be using his $333 loan from GLOBE to purchase a motor scooter, which will allow him to commute to his work sites. Cuong has a family that he desperately wants to provide for. This loan amount is very specific because he knows he will be able to pay it back within a reasonable amount of time.
Age: Not provided
Business: Motor scooter for daughter
Loan Amount: $285.71
Repayment Period: 9 months
Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet is a first time GLOBE borrower. She is a married mother of two teenage daughters. Both her husband and her have full-time jobs. Their daughter is currently in college and working a part-time job to help her parents pay off expenses. Nguyen currently works as a housemaid. She plans to use the loan to purchase a motor scooter for her daughter to travel between home, work, and college. This will give Nguyen’s daughter the opportunity to devote more time to her school work. The daughter has just recently been accepted to college, and intends to work part-time to help pay the expenses of the family.
This loan is especially important to GLOBE, because this loan is in line with GLOBE’s mission. It certainly promotes higher education and development for a younger generation. It also would serve as a great aide to a family that is trying to make ends meet in order to put their daughter through college. Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet’s daughter may indeed be able to start her own business upon completion of a college degree. Loaning to her would teach her entire family the basics of the loan process and how it can be used to help others. This may inspire her daughter to be a benefactor in her community, which is another component of the mission of GLOBE. In addition, it will contribute to the empowerment of women in the community, which is yet another principle championed by GLOBE. The ability to go to school and learn about the logistics of paying off a loan will without a doubt allow Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet’s family to become more independent and entrepreneurial.
Business: Motor scooter for food delivery business
Loan Amount: $330.18
Lan Uyen is a first time GLOBE borrower. She is a hardworking single woman living in Vietnam. She intends to use her loan to purchase a motor scooter. Furthermore, she will use the motor scooter as a mode of transportation for her food delivery business. She previously had a motor scooter stolen, therefore GLOBE recommends that in addition to purchasing another motor scooter, she purchases a lock and chain as well.
Lan Uyen currently works two jobs. Her first job is working at the Social Office of the Daughters of Charityb and her second job is her food delivery business. Lan Uyen has a strong work ethic and a sprit that cannot be broken. She has other motivations besides helping herself; she uses her income to enable her siblings to attend school.
Business: Goat Vending
Family Status: Married with three children
Kim is a married mother of three, one daughter (16 years old) and two sons (13 and 6 years old). Kim is the family’s sole breadwinner, since her husband suffers from lung cancer and has undergone chemotherapy 6 times in the past. Since her husband has been in treatment, her family has acquired a large debt. Kim intends to use her loan to start a goat vending business. Kim plans to use the loan to purchase two pregnant goats that are due to give birth in a little over a month. The male goats will then be sold, and the female goats will continue to produce more kids, so the business will be revolving. She will essentially be buying and raising goats to sell. Her family members will gather grass to feed the goats, so expenditures will be limited.
Kim came highly recommended by our partners, The Daughters of Charity in Vietnam. Kim has the spirit of an entrepreneur because she proposed her business idea herself and is a quick learner when it comes to engaging in new business ventures.
Nguyễn Kim Diệu
Location: Dong Nai Province, VietnamAge: 24Business: Construction of a new houseLoan Amount: $712Repayment Period: 15 monthsSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2014
Nguyễn Kim Diệu is a married mother of two, a 5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. With her loan, Nguyễn Kim Diệu intends to build a house with the help of her husband, brothers, and her cousins who are all in the construction field. Nguyễn Kim Diệu wants to ensure that her family is protected from floods, which are common to the area.
Although the loan is not directly related to helping an entrepreneur start a business, the mission of GLOBE is to alleviate poverty. GLOBE believes that having a stable place to live is imperative. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, shelter and safety must first be fulfilled before a person can attain self-esteem and a sense of love and belonging. A house will also provide the children of the family a place of their own where they can be comfortable and thrive socially and academically.
Nguyễn Kim Diệu will pay $48.42 per month for 15 months.
Education: Completed High School
Loan Amount: $800
Nguyen Duong Ngoc Anh is a first time GLOBE borrower. She is a twenty-two year old who has applied for GLOBE loan in the amount of $800 to use towards the purchase of a motorbike to facilitate transportation between worksites. She is currently employed as a housekeeper. Nguyen Duong Ngoc Anh currently lives with her father, mother, and younger brother. She financially helps her father support her brother, and her sick mother. Her father currently works as a laborer. Motor bikes in Vietnam are commonly used as a less expensive and common form of transportation for many that allows them to move quickly from one worksite to another easily. We hope this loan helps her move around quicker and perhaps allows her to find work outside her normal route. Our field partner, Daughter of Charity, Sr. Pascale is confident that Ms. Nguyen is reliable and with this recommendation we are confident she will be a successful borrower.
Age: 46Business: Food and Dessert CartLoan Amount: $233.00Semester Loan Was Approved: Spring 2015
Vo Thi Phuong is a forty-six-year-old female who has an annual income of $2,532 and had asked for a loan of $232.40 for less than 8 months to buy supplies for her food/dessert cart. Vo Thi Phuong has a sick husband and elderly mother that she cares for. GLOBE Managers were impressed with Vo Thi Phuong because she is a well-educated woman who filled out her application in clear paragraphs in perfect English. Vo Thi Phuong has loyal customers for her food cart and knows that she can repay her loan quickly. In Spring 2015, GLOBE approved a loan of $233 to be repaid in 7 months.
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Age: 50Business: Security GuardLoan Amount: $460 Repayment Period: 12 monthsSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2015
ĐỖ VĂN DŨNG is a 50-year old security guard for the Kindergarten school for the Daughters of Charity in Ho Chi Minh City. Van Dung has a wife and 3 daughters. He is a wounded soldier, and is only able to see through his right eye, which is 50% injured. Van Dung is requesting to borrow $449 in order to buy a motorbike as his means of transportation to work and children’s transportation to school. His family lives far away from his work destination and the children’s school destination. Without a viable means of transportation for him to get to work, he will be at risk to lose his job and can ultimately lose his share of cash inflow of income to provide for his family. ĐỖ VĂN DŨNG will receive a loan of $460 for 12 months at a declining balance interest rate of 5%.
Age: 25Business: French TeacherLoan Amount: $360 Repayment Period: 15 monthsSemester Loan was Given: Fall 2015
PHẠM VŨ ĐÌNH NGUYỄN is a single man who lives alone in Ho Chi Minh City. Pham is a first time borrower asking for $360 in order to be able to purchase a motorbike to go to work. Pham is located in Ho Chi Minh City and needs the motorbike in order to commute to his day job as a French teacher. The loan is going to spread out over 15 months with a monthly payment of $24.81. Pham’s loan payments make up only 9.3% of his monthly income. A motorbike will allow Pham to save time on his daily commute and make his daily working life easier, which could potentially benefit his family. Giving Pham this loan will allow him to avoid entering a cycle of debt through a local moneylender who would be just as willing to grant him a loan. PHẠM VŨ ĐÌNH NGUYỄN will receive a loan of $360 for 15 months at a declining balance interest rate of 5%.
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamAge: 60 years oldBusiness: Repairs to tri-motorbikeLoan Amount: $44.87Semester Loan Was Given: Spring 2016Repayment Period: 10 months
Tran Phi Long is a sixty-year-old married father of two living in Ho Chi Minh City. With a loan of $44.87 Tran will make repairs to his motorbike. Tran uses the bike for delivery, and it is his main source of income. The $44.87 will go towards replacing the worn brakes and tires on his motorbike.
The loan will be paid back over a 10-month payback period with 5% interest calculated using the declining balance interest rate method.
Name: Vu Hoai ThuongAge: 25 years oldRegion: Đaklak Province, VietnamPast & Current Occupation: HousekeeperApproved Loan Terms: $360.00 for 18-month period
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2016
Vu Hoai Thuong is a 25-year-old housekeeper seeking to expand her income by helping her brother with his small “eating house”. She received a “1 rating” from the Daughters of Charity, indicating her strong recommendation level. Her parents are cultivators and she has three siblings, two of whom are married. Vu aspires to work to help her family have a better life. The “eating house” will be located in front of her home. The business will be run by her brother, but the entire family will be involved to help the business to succeed. As a small family owned, customer- oriented business, they can provide good service with the hope of retaining customers.
Vo Hoai lives with her parents and her one unmarried brother. Her parents are cultivators with a stable income. Vu Hoai has the potential to attract many workers and travelers with her eating house located in this area, and she will use the loan to buy fresh produce and food inventory She will not be greatly affected by inflation rates during her 18 month repayment period.
With her brother owning the business, Vu would be responsible for managing the loan and purchasing inventory to help the business succeed. The eating house also has the ability to consistently attract local customers in the area. Her strong personal recommendation, previous working experience, and family situation attest to the fact that she is a knowledgeable worker with a strong support system, and, therefore a creditworthy GLOBE borrower.
Name: Trinh Thuy Thao TramAge: 25 years oldRegion: Khanh Hoa ProvinceCurrent Occupation: Employee for an architecture company in Ho Chi Minh CityPast Occupation: Interior DesignLoan Terms: $1,345.00 USD for a 24-month repayment periodTraining/Skills/Education: Bachelor of Interior Design
Trinh Thuy Thao Tram is an innovative interior designer, seeking to expand her knowledge and work overtime with the use of a laptop computer. Trinh Thuy received a “1 rating” from the Daughters of Charity, indicating her strong recommendation level. Trinh Thuy is the eldest child of cultivators and works very hard to help keep her younger brother and sister in school. She is dedicated to her interior design work and motivated to work overtime with the addition of her laptop.
With this loan to purchase a laptop, Trinh has the ability to work overtime for her current employer. She will continue to work for the architectural company and help support her siblings throughout college. She has requested a high loan amount because her interior designs require specific platforms only offered through certain, more expensive software.
The overtime work performed on her new laptop will provide her with more steady income to support herself as well as her family, which will also improve her loan repayment abilities. The fact that Trinh has a stable, paying job and a college degree along with having minimal housing cost by living with her parents, she is a worthy GLOBE borrower.
We believe that through this loan we have a chance not only to lift Trinh to a higher social status but also her two siblings that she is helping support through college. Her improved income will help ensure they graduate, and with college degrees themselves and the subsequent higher earning potential, the whole family may be able to break the poverty cycle they were in.
We believe in Trinh and are happy to have borrowers like her that help alleviate their families out of poverty.
Age: 44 years oldRegion: Tan Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh CityCurrent Occupation: Owner of knife grinding businessPast Occupation: Knife GrinderLoan:Borrower seeking to expand his knife grinding businessLoan Amount and Repayment Period: $897.00 USD in 24 months
Semester Loan Granted: Fall 2016
Le Minh Man is a first-time borrower from GLOBE. He received a “1-rating” from Sister Pascale Le Thi Triu, Daughter of Charity Microloan Coordinator in Vietnam, indicating his strong recommendation level. Le Minh Man is the main laborer in his family and provides the majority of income for the household. He works as a knife grinder and earns an equivalent of $314 USD per month. Le Minh Man’s existing knife grinding business currently produces a weekly revenue of $76 USD.
Le Minh Man has requested his loan to expand his current business sharpening and grinding knives. There are no similar businesses in Le’s area, so the expansion to his business will attract an even larger clientele. Le Minh Man does not have other employees working for his business. He will use the loan to purchase a motorbike to save time on his commute to work. The motorbike will also allow him to reach more customers and yield a more profitable business. The success of Le Minh Man’s business will allow him to provide a better life for his family. The additional income generated from the requested loan will allow him to pay for his daughters’ school fees and afford health insurance for his family.
He received a strong recommendation rating from the Daughters of Charity and has a strong work ethic. The Vietnamese loans are typically paid back in full and on time, further fortifying the approval of this loan applicant. Le Minh Man will be able to reach more customers after purchasing a motorbike, which will allow for the expansion of his knife grinding business. His business success will allow him to provide a better life for his family.
Name: Võ Vinh PhátAge: 23 years oldRegion: Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamCurrent Occupation: Salesperson for online businessPurpose of Loan: Garment business, building on his mother’s seamstress business, and building a website for expanding the business.Loan Terms: $985 to be paid in 18 months.
Võ Vinh Phát is a first-time borrower, receiving a “1-rating” from Sister Pascale Le Thi Triu, Daughter of Charity Microloan Coordinator in Vietnam, indicating his strong recommendation level. Võ Vinh Phát contributes a majority of the household income. He is an only child and works as an online salesperson. His mother is a seamstress and his father works as well to contribute to the family income. His loan was given to start garment business, and he will use the money to purchase garment machines.
Võ intends to assist his mother’s sewing business by creating an online website for the business. His mother will design and make the clothing to sell. Võ will be in charge of advertising her products on the internet and taking care of the sales. The online website will enable them to reach a wider audience of customers and generate more income for their family. Võ will also employ two more people to work for the business. There are no similar businesses in their area, which will attract more customers to take interest in their new garment business. His previous work experience qualifies him well for the job. The business success will generate income to help the family live a better life, especially it being a family business.
Originally, Vo requested a loan for over $2,000, but given that he is a first time borrower, the Daughter reworked his proposal so that the amount would not exceed $1,000. If Võ is successful in paying back his first loan, we will gladly grant him a second loan.
Age: 53 years oldRegion: Biểu Hòa Town, Biên Hòa City, Đồng Nai ProvinceCurrent Occupation: BabysitterPurpose of Loan: Buy a second-hand motorbike for transportationLoan Amount and Terms: $630 (14,218,000 VND) for 20 months paid monthly
Semester Loan Granted: Spring 2017
DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ is a first-time borrower, requesting $620 USD to be repaid over a 20-month period, in order to purchase a second-hand motorbike so she may travel from home to work in a more timely and efficient manner. Although DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ originally requested $620 to be paid back in 19-months, the Finance team adjusted the loan for $630 to be paid back in 20-months on her behalf. Her son is a student and also would wish for the extra accommodation to help her transport her son to school. DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ is married with two children. Her husband is a laborer, her daughter is a housekeeper and her son is a student. Her daughter assists in providing finances towards their family income.
DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ and her family live in Biên Hòa City in the Đồng Nai Province. The government continues to improve on their already progressive infrastructure allowing for the daily transportation of goods and passengers to occur more easily. Motorcycles, commonly referred to as motorbikes, are a part of daily life in Vietnam and southeastern Asian countries. DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ requested a loan to purchase a second-hand, low-powered motorcycle for 30,000,000 VND (or approximately $1,327.4 at a rate of 22,260 VND) to transport herself to work and her son to school. In addition to the loan amount requested, DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ and her family have additional savings to cover the initial cost remaining. According to the Daughter of Charity located in Ho-Chi-Minh City, the cost of the motorcycle depends on the brand, time to be used, and the overall quality.
Assuming DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ travels short-distances within Biên Hòa five-days a week, the total average expense is 411,760 VND per month (approx. $18.50 USD) per month. Based on the distance between DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ’s residence and her employer's residence, we predicted DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ will drive 20 km, or about 12 miles per day.
Sister Pascale Le Thi Triu provided a numerical rating of “1” regarding the applicant’s need and reliability/reputation on a scale from 1-5, with 1 being a STRONG recommendation. Sister Pascale Le Thi Triu’s STRONG recommendation reconfirms our confidence in lending to DƯƠNG CAO HUỆ with little to no risk of the prospective borrower defaulting.
Age: 35 years oldLocation: My Loi B Commune, Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province, VietnamBusiness Type: PiggeryPurpose of Loan: To purchase 10 piglets (600,000 VND/piglet) to expand existing piggery businessLoan Terms: 265 USD to be repaid in 20 months with a 5% interest rateHighest Level of Education: 12 years of educationTraining and skills: 3 years of husbandry experience and completed medicine course to care for sick piglets
Semester Loan Approved: Spring 2017
Nguyen Thi Kim Tien is a first-time borrower requesting a loan of 265 USD to be repaid in less than a 20 month period. She plans to use a GLOBE microloan to purchase 10 piglets to expand her existing pig husbandry business. She is currently breeding 3 pigs to be sold within the next few months. Nguyen Thi Kim Tien shared in her application that the income earned from the sale of three adult pigs will go towards purchasing feed for her new piglets. She earns approximately 154.50 USD per month or 1,854.30 USD annually solely from pig husbandry.
In addition to being a businesswoman, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien is married with two young daughters, ages four and seven. Her husband has a collegiate degree and works as an interior installer in the field of interior decoration far from home. Mr. Tien is responsible for contributing the majority of their annual household income, which totals 419.46 USD monthly or 5,033.50 USD annually. Nguyen Thi Kim Tien works closer to her home, which enables her to be a full-time working mother. Both of their children attend school full-time.
Nguyen Thi Kim Tien previously earned a high school degree, passed a medical course related to the health and maintenance of livestock, and possesses 3 years of husbandry experience. Prior to starting her pig husbandry business, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien was a street vendor and farmer.
The business of piggery is extremely popular in Vietnamese culture. Vietnam has a population of roughly 93 million people with an average pork consumption of about 20kg per capita, making Ms. Tien’s business a promising one for potential and successful expansion.The main expense for her pig husbandry business is feed for the piglets assuming they have a place to dwell and remain healthy. To compensate for an increase in feed expense, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien receives excess food from local eateries and plans to reinvest her profits for selling 3 adult pigs to purchase feed for the 10 new piglets. Piglets did require a closed infrastructure (unlike chickens) and the weather conditions are ideal for raising livestock outdoor year-round. Although there are similar businesses in close proximity, pig husbandry is a thriving industry within the country and Nguyen Thi Kim Tien’s business remains profitable.
Name: K TuynAge: 19Location: Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamOccupation: Housekeeper and CookPurpose of Loan: purchase construction materials to repaid family homeLoan Terms: $220 to be repaid in 24 months
Semester Loan was Given: Fall 2017
Ms. Tuyn is 19 years old and lives with her parents and 3 siblings. She is single and has one younger sister and one younger brother, all of them students. Ms. Tuyn has a steady job as a housekeeper and a cook in Ho Chi Minh City. Recently Ms. Tuyn finished a housekeeping program. K Tuyn has the intention of borrowing $220 USD GLOBE to purchase construction material to fix the house where K Tuyn, her three siblings, and parents reside. K Tuyn has not expressed interest to GLOBE on beginning her own business as yet, but GLOBE managers believe once her house is in safer living conditions, K Tuyn will focus on business operations. Having a safe and stable residence is essential, as it relieves her from the burden of having to move her family elsewhere, or risk having her elderly parents hurt by a structure that is unstable.
K Tuyn has enough financial stability to re-pay the loan with her own annual income, but the cited household annual income expands her borrower capacity. After monthly loan payments, K Tuyn would have additional disposable income to cover living expenses. Monthly repayments amount to approximately 4.5% of her monthly income from her position as a housekeeper and cook, which is extremely reasonable in terms of payback. Because of the overall low default rate of borrowers living in Vietnam, and a strong recommendation from the Daughter of Charities, we are confident that Ms. K Tuyn will be successful in the repayment of her loan.
K Tuyn proves to be an ideal candidate for GLOBE and demonstrates that she will be able to break out of the poverty cycle once her house is repaired. The Finance & Risk Assessment Team recommends K Tuyn receive a $220 loan to be repaid in a 24-month period with a 5% interest rate, calculated on a declining balance method.
Name: Y LuyetAge: 23 years oldLocation: Dak Ha District, Kon Tum Province, VietnamOccupation: Housekeeper, cleaner and cookPurpose of Loan: To purchase a gasoline water pump for irrigation purposes relating to the coffee farmLoan Terms: US$441 to be repaid in 10 months
Y Luyet is a first-time borrower with GLOBE. Ms. Luyet is 23 years old, single, and lives with her parents who are old and weak and 5 siblings with one of them being disabled. Ms. Luyet has experience with housekeeping, cooking, childcare and home economics. She is currently employed as a housekeeper and cook. The family manages a coffee farm and she assists in this endeavor as well.
The loan was given to buy equipment for the farm. Specifically, it is for Y Luyet to purchase a gasoline water pump to irrigate the coffee farm that her family manages. The coffee farm is located in a hill and the water needs to be pumped from the lake. Because the borrower is supporting her family, she is requested the loan to purchase a water pump to lessen the amount of labor needed to water the plants. With this loan from GLOBE, her family will spend less time watering the coffee plants and will be able to cultivate more coffee plants for more income. This will ease the burden on her aging parents. The main expenses associated with this loan are the actual price of the water pump and the possibility of hiring someone to help install the pump
There are other coffee farms in her area which suggest the market is competitive and having more coffee plants will help them gain more market share. If the market is competitive, this will help Ms. Y Luyet stand out by having a better irrigation system.
Ms. Luyet received a rating of “1” from Sr. Pascale, the Daughter of Charity for GLOBE in Ho Chi Minh City, so she is strongly recommended for this loan. We recommended Ms. Luyet receive a GLOBE microloan for her requested amount of $441 with a 10-month repayment period and at an interest rate of 5%, as she is a first-time borrower.
We believe she will be able to pay back this loan in the allotted time period, especially given that the purchase contemplated will allow her family to add to their monthly income.
Name: Trinh Thi Thu HangAge: 23Location: Vinh Long Dien District, VietnamOccupation: HousekeeperBorrower’s Annual Income: $3050Household Annual Income: $7300Purpose of Loan: To purchase a used motorbike to attend a vocational school for nursingLoan Terms: $442 to be repaid in 20-months
Semester Loan was Given: Spring 2018
Trinh Thi Thu Hang is a 23 year old, single woman with no children. She lives with her parents and two older brothers who are sick due to a car accident that occurred when they were younger. Trinh’s father is a fisherman while her mother is a housewife. Currently, Trinh is a full time housekeeper in Ho Chi Minh City and attends nursing school on the weekends. She intends to use her loan of $442 to purchase a used motorbike to travel from her residency to nursing school which is approximately 10 kilometers away from her home.
As a housekeeper, her yearly income is $3042.90 which is 42% of her household annual income. This shows how much Trinh contributes to her family financially. The monthly loan payments is 8.2% of her annual income, and 3.8% of her household’s total income. The risk of default is minimal due to the applicant’s individual and household income. With the purchase of the motorbike, Trinh is taking the opportunity to improve the lives of her family.
Trinh is a student of the Vocational School of Health Ba Ria Vung Tao. This is a medical college that provides training in nursing, traditional medicine, pharmacy, basic science, midwifery, community medicine, basic medicine and clinical sciences. With a degree or specialty in any of these areas, Trinh has the ability to not only better her life, but the life of others. Additionally, the motor bike provides her with transportation that will facilitate her attendance at school, which ultimately contributes to her successfully completing her studies With an acquired nursing degree in Vietnam, Trinh will earn an income of $12,000 a year, which is nearly three times her current income.
The loan for the motorbike provides her with transportation that will facilitate her attendance at school, which ultimately contributes to her successfully completing her studies. The loan will lift her to a higher social class, positively impacting her family and community, bringing both one step closing to breaking the cycle of poverty they are in.
Name: Nguyen Hoang Huong Giang Age: 23Location: Vinh Cuu District, Đong Nai Province, VietnamOccupation: Leather shoe factory employeeBorrower’s Annual Income: $2700Household Annual Income: $7700Purpose of Loan: To purchase a new motorbike to get to workSemester 1st Loan was Give: Spring 2018
$885 with a 24-month repayment period Semester 1st Loan was Give: Fall 2022
$1,672 with a 15-month repayment period
Nguyen Hoang Huong Giang is a 22 year old, single woman who sought her first microloan from GLOBE. She lives with her parents and her younger sister who is in 9th grade. Her father is a security guard and her mother is a babysitter, so she has a stable financial household income. She has requested $885 to purchase a new motorbike as a means of transportation for her to get to work at a leather factory. Ms. Giang works at a leather shoe factory that is currently 10 kilometers away. However, she is planning on moving work locations to a destination that is further away and public transportation would be costly.
Nguyen earns an income of $2,751.84 annually. Her monthly loan payments will be 17% of her individual monthly income and only 7 % of her household monthly income. While she does not have her own business, we believe that by keeping Nguyen employed we are supporting GLOBE’s goals of alleviating poverty and supporting women.
This loan for a motorbike will save her on time and money, benefiting her family especially her younger sister. Nguyen’s sister is in 9th grade and her life could be greatly improved if she is able to continue her education beyond the high school level. The money Nguyen saves could be put toward funding her sister’s college education. This loan can significantly improve the lives of her family. Although this loan does not include an entrepreneurial activity, with Nguyen’s positive impact, she will assist in getting her community one step closer to breaking the poverty cycle they are in. With a college education, Nguyen’s sister has the ability to significantly improve the life of their family. It is an opportunity for growth that would directly stem from Nguyen’s approved loan request.
Ms. Giang received a rating of “1” from Sr. Pascale in Vietnam, who strongly recommends her for this loan. She has a stable, full-time paying job which assures us that she will be able to pay off her loan within the 24-month repayment period.
As of April 2020, Nguyen Hoang Huong Gian repaid her initial loan of $885, given to her in the Spring of 2018. In Fall 2022, she received another loan for $1,672 to take a class at the training center to learn about beauty services with her sister, followed by training in an actual salon to improve their skills and save money before they open up their own salon.This training will provide them with the skills they need to jump start their dream of having their own salon.
Purpose of Loan: To purchase a motorbike for commute to work
Training/skills: Construction Engineer
Highest Level of Education: University of Architecture
Family Status: Single Loan Amount (Vietnamese Dong): 18,706,000 (860 USD)Loan Term: 10-months
Lê Cao Mẫn is a first-time borrower requesting $878 in order to buy a motorcycle to help with his commute to work. After looking at the current exchange rate, in order to satisfy Lê Cao Mẫn’s 20,000,000 VND request, he would only need $860 to meet his motorbike costs. He is single with two younger brothers in high school, while both of his parents are cultivators. This motorbike will allow Mr. Man to travel to other provinces and will provide him with more work opportunities.
As per his request, the loan will be spread over a 10-month period.Lê Cao Mẫn is responsible for just over 66% of his total family’s income, and his earnings are essential to their survival. Lê Cao Mẫn’s yearly income is well above the national average for Vietnam, therefore should not have difficulty paying a 5% interest on the 10-month loan.
Business: Purchase coffee seeds to help with income of the family farm
Training/skills:Housekeeping, Cooking, and Home Economic