Video from the 102nd anniversary of the International Day of Women.Celebration March 10 at Jacobs center. Speakers included City Council member Todd Gloria and Mayor Filner.
Visit the City Heights Farmers Market, where WE STAR Center clients sell food and crafts. Also see the New Roots Garden and visit two client’s retail businesses in the area.
MEET AN ENTREPRENEUR
Slowly Building a Chicken Business
Guadalupe Rodriguez has used her five loans – each one for only $27 – to slowly improve her chicken business and small farm where she grows corn. She used her first loan to build a fence to keep her chickens from getting lost or stolen. She used subsequent loans to buy fertilizer for her corn fields and feed for the chickens.
These small loans from Adelante Foundation – WE’s partner bank for the poor in Honduras – have allowed Guadalupe to buy food for her six children and keep them in school.
Guadalupe, 42, only finished first grade and does not know how to read or write, but she understands the importance of education for her children and she wants them to receive the best she can provide.
She serves as chief of her loan assembly and coordinator of her solidarity group. She holds the biweekly meetings in her house, which is a small adobe house located on the top of a hill. While she stays home to tend her chickens and the corn fields, her husband travels every day to a potato farm for work. On weekends, her husband and children help her in the fields.
Originally hesitant to take out a loan, Guadalupe has become a convert and is thankful that Adelante provides loans without requiring collateral.