A business owner and lendwithcare lender raised a very important question in an email to the lendwithcare team recently. Attracted to the lendwithcare model due to its emphasis on sustainable development and providing the working poor with a hand up instead of a hand out, he asked how, with loans alone, micro-entrepreneurs were able to create truly sustainable businesses that could benefit whole communities. We thought we would share Ajaz's answer with you all ...
Looking through the types of
business supported by lendwithcare in Ecuador, it is notable that many women
manage shops, raise poultry or provide sewing or tailoring services – typically,
activities that are undertaken from home. When during a recent visit to South
America I asked women entrepreneurs why they favoured such enterprises, invariably
the response was ‘No tengo con quien
dejar los niños’ or ‘I have to look after the children’. Working from home
enables women to earn an income while looking after young children – they can close
the business while they drop off and pick up their children from school or
attend to other urgent tasks such as taking an ill child to the doctor.
A version of that was written by a thirteenth-century Courtenay ancestor, Edward, Earl of Devon. Many people love this poem. I don’t know what they do with their love, but my protagonist says love is more than just a feeling. Love is a drive, a force to act! Many hearts are moved when they see sufferings.