Solidarity group of microfinance borrowers

Andrise Metellus

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Fonkoze Ti Kredi clientAndrise Metellus has been making her own way since her father died when she was 12 years old. Her mother had died in childbirth. So, she and her older brother learned to take care of themselves.

They farmed their small plot of land, growing hot peppers, leeks, beans, and parsley. Andrise says, “I love farming; besides my little business, that is what I love most.” She adds, “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been finding things to sell. I’ve always had a small business.”

Andrise grew up in Ba Simityè, a small village outside of Ench. After her father died, Andrise continued going to school with the help of her older brother and some family members. At times, her education was interrupted—when there was not enough money to cover school fees and when she had to tend to her harvest.

But Andrise was determined to persevere, and now, at 23 years old, she is in her last year of high school. She has plans to attend trade school or university to study agronomy.

From experience, though, she knows that she is the only one who can ensure her success. Her small business brings a reliable source of income; she sells cold drinks, rice, and diverse food products. And she is committed to strengthening her skills as a businesswoman. That’s the reason she decided to join Fonkoze’s introductory lending program, Ti Kredi (Small Credit).

She started taking out loans six months ago and received coaching and support through the lending process from her Loan Officer. Her first loan was for about $45; now, she’s ready to take out a loan double that amount.

Andrise is eager to continue growing her business, with the support of Fonkoze’s loans. She will be graduating into Fonkoze’s core lending program, Solidarity. She says, “I had started building this little store; now it’s done, and my business is well-known in my area.”

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