Launching an enterprise -- even a small one -- is often fraught with hiccups and hurdles. Just ask Adriana, a married mother of four whose first micro-enterprise involved selling ice cream and Jell-O. She had no access to a freezer, so she would lose money if she could not sell her products before they turned into mush.
One day, her friend told her that there was demand in the local market for skirts and towels. Adriana, a skilled seamstress, decided to switch her focus. Now, she can't make towels and skirts fast enough – a good problem to have.
Rather than set up shop in one place, she moves around the market in order to create new contact with potential customers. She says this tires her out and forces her to make the products at night, often early into the morning.
Adriana is on her second loan cycle and is currently repaying a loan of $14. She has found support from her savings group – and also, to her surprise, from the local church community.
"It seemed very rare and strange that the church would work with businesses and with families' finances -- I thought this was very personal," she said. "Now I know that God wants to enter into all areas of my life, including my business."
While she is sometimes tempted to skip church in order to make more sales – or to get some much needed rest, she has made it a priority to carve out time for God.
"God is the one who blesses my business, and if I [don't go to church] maybe I can make more money, but I would not be happy. It would be like throwing my money away in vain. Because of this I work, I have enough to pay for my needs, [and enough] also to save for the education of my children."