In her patio, Marta raises ‘cuy,’ a type of guinea pig whose meat is a delicacy in Peru. Doing his visit last year, she told TCP Global team member, Andrew Koch, that it is difficult to find meaningful work at her age. With the help of a TCP Global micro-loan, raising ‘cuy’ has given her a mission, a way to feed her family, and a manner in which to serve as an example to all women in her neighborhood. One of the goals of TCP Global is for our successful borrowers to serve as examples for others looking for a way to improve their economic situation. This works well in small communities.
After a flood destroyed their livelihood, residents on the outskirts of Trujillo, Peru received help from AGROVIDA, a TCP Global partner, to reestablish financial independence. AGROVIDA used TCP Global earnings to access an AMB Foundation grant to purchase young pigs, ducks and chicks, build pens and teach residents how to feed and care for the animals.
Marta received 10 guinea pigs from AGROVIDA and turned this small gift into a fully operational business within the first year. Marta now has a full time job and the ability to provide food for her children.
In response to devastating landslides in 2017, AGROVIDA, the TCP Global partner in Trujillo Peru implemented not only the AMB Foundation project which helped Marta, but also used TCP Global earnings for reforestation and reservoirs to prevent future landslides.
Great things happen when we get resources into the hands of entrepreneurial grassroots organizations like AGROVIDA.
How you can support TCP Global:
1) Connect us with potential loan partners in marginalized communities
2) Volunteer to mentor a loan program in a country you know well