In our most recent video, we interview Colleen Dyble, a Five Talents Fellow who worked with our partner ECLOF in Peru from 2009 to 2011. Here, Colleen (L) is visiting a children's clothing business run by a woman named Marta and her mother Pasquella (R) in Huancavelica, Peru.
During her time in the country, Colleen managed ECLOF's non-financial services for group members -- including business training, spiritual training and micro-insurance. The loan groups are mostly comprised of women.
"Normally they hear about ECLOF from a neighbor or friend, or someone who has a stall at the market, because we tend to form our groups with people who know one another," said Colleen. "...The clients, particularly the women, are good payers. We find that you give them a small amount of money and they really are able to manage the money and pay it back because they are used to managing the money of the household."
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