Loyalty and perseverance. Makings of a great story. These are the common themes in Josette’s story, a small business owner and World Concern microcredit client in Port-au-Prince.
I’m happy to share with you the story of Josette below, thanks to the hard work of Noel, one of our colleagues. He is one of the Microcredit Promoters, which means he and the other promoters are in the streets, markets and squares of Port-au-Prince almost daily, engaging with clients and offering them support and encouragement. Here’s a story from one of the clients he visits on a regular basis.
Josette Cézair (left) is one of the most loyal and honest customers of our Microcredit Program. For more than seven years, this woman has been working in this way. Despite the many difficulties that our country knows, she has always been disciplined and faithful to her commitments.
She was a victim of the Tabarre (neighborhood of Port-au-Prince) market fire in 2012 where she lost everything, including her merchandise. Josette had many responsibilities, especially to her family and she did not know which way to turn. Finally, like manna from heaven, she received a loan through World Concern’s emergency refinancing program allowing her to gradually regain her regular activities.
Now she has reached her ninth loan of 200,000 gourdes (approximately $4,500 USD) and thanks to this loan has completely re-launched her regular activities.
Thank you, Noel, for sharing with us this remarkable story. Not only is this a great story, it represents a small victory for us as we work towards more teamwork as well.
In June we shared on our blog about our desire to collaborate more with the staff in Haiti who engage with beneficiaries often. We gave them training and resources so they can help us gather photos and stories of the people World Concern is serving.
We said that through this process we hope to (a) create a spirit of collaboration, (b) further develop the skills of our co-workers in the areas of photography and interviewing, and (c) capture more stories to show our supporters exactly what we’re doing and who we’re serving. On all three accounts we’re seeing slow but steady progress.