The children of micro-entrepreneurs are able to see first-hand how a savings group and a small loan can give a hard-working mom or dad reason for hope and confidence. Tito (R), the 9-year-old son of Yola (who we profiled last week), agreed to talk with our local partner in Bolivia, Semillas de Bendicion (Seeds of Blessings). The following are excerpts from their translated conversation:
Can you tell us about the time when your mother began to regain her hope and confidence?
When our dad left my mom, I cried and I didn't like it. But one day my mom came very hurriedly to sign us up and take us to church. This was the last time I saw her cry -- after she prayed in the house and took us to church, she was very happy.
How has your mother's participation in a savings group helped you and your brother?
At school, we were told that if we didn't have a sports uniform we couldn't go to school there. Because of this, my mom [worried about] where she was going to get the money, because when my grandmother got sick, she spent all of her money so that she would get better. But the day that she was thinking about this, sister Adriana came to our room and gave money to my mom and told her that this was the money that her group of women (savings group) had loaned to her. She said they had also prayed for her. With this loan, my mom bought us uniforms and ice and juice for her [raspadillas] business, and she went back to work.
Can you tell us a little about your family life now?
I love my mom very much because she wakes up early and cooks and take us to school and then goes to work all day long. I am in charge of my little brother, so I have to pick him up from school and make sure he eats at noon. But [in the evening] we like to wait until my mom arrives at the house to eat together. When I am bigger I am going to take care of my mom, and that's why I am studying.