Epifenia Cinpita, a Hunger Project partner from Ligowe Epicenter in Malawi, reminds me how the Microfinance Program can help people improve their lives. Epifenia took her first loan in 2009 and used it to expand her petty trade business, through which she mostly buys and resells bananas and chickens. With the profit from her first loan, she hired a workman to mold bricks. Then, with the profits from her subsequent two cycles of loans, she hired someone to bake them and move them to the empty parcel of land next to her current house. She plans to access an even larger fourth cycle loan and use the profit from that, which she expects to be in the neighborhood of US$80, to start construction on an improved home.
Epifenia is inching closer and closer to her dream of a new home for her family of eight!