In Her Own Words – FINCA Haiti Client Bertride Beaufils
As told to Glaphyra Guillaume, FINCA Haiti Communications Associate, and translated from Creole:
“My name is Bertride Beaufils. I am 40 years old and live in Fonfred, a locality of Les Cayes. I grew up with my mother who was retailing fizzy [sodas], and my father was retailing cigarettes and alcohol. My parents put me at school, but when I was in secondary school, they became unable to continue paying for me. They decided to pay for me to go to a dressmaker center.
“Because of a disease, I am unable to practice this profession, so I decided to start running a business in order to be independent. Today, I am retailing groceries. I purchase in the public market of Les Cayes, and retail at home every day from 6am to 10pm.
“I heard talk about FINCA a long time ago from a friend who was a member. Since my first experience with FINCA, I appreciated the welcome I received from the credit officer. About one year ago, I decided to take a loan. I received a first loan of $200 and invested it in my business. Today, I am managing a larger, third loan.
“During a period, I was in the stew with the owner of a house that I rent, so I decided to own my house. My savings in my FINCA group was really useful for me in this time. I am not married and do not have children, so today I am focused on my business, and want to increase it more and more, thanks to FINCA loans.”