VIDEO: A small loan with a huge impact

International Women’s Day, coming up on March 8, is a time to reflect on the achievements and contributions of women around the world. Here’s a story that illustrates how World Vision’s microfinance programs can help carry a woman from a life of poverty to one of dignity, independence, and leadership as the “CEO” of her own business.

Published February 15, 2012 at 12:00am PST

Jacqueline grew up facing harsh circumstances. She lost family members to disease and war. From a young age, her situation appeared to provide little hope for the future. When she became a mother, she could barely afford to provide for her children.

But with two simple assets — a sewing machine and a small loan from World Vision — this mother was able to set up a profitable business that provides a valuable service to her community and an employment opportunity for others who are struggling to support themselves and their families.

And her children? They’re all in school now, able to dream about their futures.

Microfinance is a sustainable solution for women affected by poverty, like Jacqueline. A small loan helps a hardworking entrepreneur create or expand a business, and as her endeavor succeeds, she is able to repay the loan, which is then recycled to help someone else who shares similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, she is able to establish financial independence and the means to care for her family, which gives her children the opportunity for a future of hope. Just one business loan can have limitless benefits — for a mother, a family, and a community.

Learn more

Visit World Vision Micro to learn more about our microfinance programs around the world and how they help carry families and communities from poverty to stability, independence, and hope.

Two ways you can help

Thank God for the donors whose generosity has helped provide Jacqueline with the means to care for her family. Pray that many other women around the world may find similar peace and dignity through such a gift.

In honor of International Women’s Day, fund a loan for a hardworking female entrepreneur. Your gift has the potential to create unlimited benefits for a family and community as it recycles in impact to help more and more people escape poverty.