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Pineapple farmer, Costa Rica
       
     
Restaurant at the market
       
     
Weaving rugs, Philippines
       
     
Growing coronations, Bolivia
       
     
Colombian coffee
       
     
Shrimp farming, Sumatra
       
     
Selling meat at the market, Peru
       
     
Harvesting yucca.
       
     
Making metal school boxes, Kenya
       
     
Making caramels out of fresh milk, Indonesia
       
     
Ceramic workshop, Colombia
       
     
Community bank, Ecuador
       
     
Julia is showing a finished felted shawl, Peru
       
     
Mercedes is weighing a chicken, El Salvador
       
     
Carpenter making coffins, Uganda
       
     
Family owning a pottery, Ecuador
       
     
Micro-finance loan for coffee cooperative, Guatemala
       
     
Collecting the milk, India
       
     
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Brigida sells guinea pigs and groceries, Peru
       
     
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24 hour market Veliki Kopani, Ukraine
       
     
Broom maker, Philippines
       
     
Black bean farmer, Bolivia
       
     
Loan group weaving, Guatemala
       
     
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Street vendor, Bolivia
       
     
Drying the cacao, Ecuador
       
     
Small scale farmer Ami, Indonesia
       
     
Small scale farmer Maria,  Ecuador.
       
     
Cyclo taxi driver Manuel, Nicaragua
       
     
Abigail owns a knitting workshop, Peru
       
     
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Rebuilding a house, El Salvador
       
     
Rebuilding a house, El Salvador

Maria Juana Flores de Paulino: “My first loan was around 22 USD, which I used to buy material. In 2001 we lost our house, due to a severe earthquake. My uncle lent us money to buy material for the baskets and for months we worked from 5 AM till 11 PM to earn enough to build a new house. We moved here an built this house. With the home improvement loans of Enlace we managed to get electricity, so now we have light in the evening and we can work when it is dark. Thanks to the loans of Enlace we also could buy more material and the business grew.”

Pineapple farmer, Costa Rica
       
     
Pineapple farmer, Costa Rica

Ronald Araya Ureña (47) is married to Edith Naranjo Mena (43). They have two children and are both member of Coopeassa, a cooperative that recently has expanded their product range from solely coffee, to organic coffee, pineapples and bananas. Ronald: “We got a loan of 30,000 USD for a period of 3 to 4 years, to invest in pineapple plants.”

Restaurant at the market
       
     
Restaurant at the market

Gregoria Rodriguez Inca got her first micro loan 18 years ago, when she opened her restaurant in the market. At that time she was also knitting ponchos, so the first 90 USD she got as a group loan member was used to buy wool. Her current loan is 1,716 euro. She uses it to buy flour, sugar and other material to cook food for her customers. She works from 7-12 and from 17-20, every day, because those are the times her customers want breakfast and dinner.

Weaving rugs, Philippines
       
     
Weaving rugs, Philippines
Growing coronations, Bolivia
       
     
Growing coronations, Bolivia

Ernesto Arroyo and his 4 brothers and sisters started their flower growing company 15 years ago with 1,000 m2 of coronations. Four years ago they got a micro-finance loan, in order to invest in glass houses, seeds and irrigation sytems. They employ 25-30 people and provide labour to 200 seasonal workers during the three months of sowing. Two months before Mother’s Day they employ an extra 50 people.

Colombian coffee
       
     
Colombian coffee

Coffee cooperative Red Ecolsierra receives micro loans, to have the necessary working capital at their disposal to buy coffee from its members for a good price and provide technical assistance.

Shrimp farming, Sumatra
       
     
Shrimp farming, Sumatra

Cooperative AAC in Sumatra receives part of its working capital through a micro-finance loan.

Selling meat at the market, Peru
       
     
Selling meat at the market, Peru

Credit cooperative Qori wasi has 300 members, who all are selling their agricultural products at the Huancaro market in Cusco. The office is also located on the market, which is very convenient for the small scale farmers from the surrounding countryside.

Harvesting yucca.
       
     
Harvesting yucca.

Luis Franciso Galan Gonzalez has a loan of 600 USD for 6 months to buy fertiliser and pay the workers.

Making metal school boxes, Kenya
       
     
Making metal school boxes, Kenya
Making caramels out of fresh milk, Indonesia
       
     
Making caramels out of fresh milk, Indonesia
Ceramic workshop, Colombia
       
     
Ceramic workshop, Colombia
Community bank, Ecuador
       
     
Community bank, Ecuador
Julia is showing a finished felted shawl, Peru
       
     
Julia is showing a finished felted shawl, Peru
Mercedes is weighing a chicken, El Salvador
       
     
Mercedes is weighing a chicken, El Salvador
Carpenter making coffins, Uganda
       
     
Carpenter making coffins, Uganda
Family owning a pottery, Ecuador
       
     
Family owning a pottery, Ecuador
Micro-finance loan for coffee cooperative, Guatemala
       
     
Micro-finance loan for coffee cooperative, Guatemala

Domingo Medina Zacharias: “I get technical assistance to improve my production. I can get a loan to buy seedlings to grow more coffee. We receive 80 euros for 46 kilos of coffee, which is a good price. The assemble of the association always decides about the way the fair trade premiums are spent. 75% of the premiums is paid directly to us, 25% is being used for technical assistance, improving the coffee trees, improving the soil and providing us with pumps for the fertiliser."


Collecting the milk, India
       
     
Collecting the milk, India
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Brigida sells guinea pigs and groceries, Peru
       
     
Brigida sells guinea pigs and groceries, Peru
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24 hour market Veliki Kopani, Ukraine
       
     
24 hour market Veliki Kopani, Ukraine

At this 24 hour vegetable market farmers sell their products from the trunks of their tough working horses.

Broom maker, Philippines
       
     
Broom maker, Philippines
Black bean farmer, Bolivia
       
     
Black bean farmer, Bolivia

Claudío Garcia Castro is a widower with four children, who has been a farmer for 40 years and has worked with Bolivian Shoji since 1998. He harvests around 1500 kilo of black beans. Bolivian Shjoji is helping him with the seeds, a loan before harvesting (to pay the workers for example) and the transport of the harvest. “The big difference of working with Bolivian Shoji is that I have a guaranteed market. This year I didn’t need a loan, but I got 300 Bolivianos worth of seed.”

Loan group weaving, Guatemala
       
     
Loan group weaving, Guatemala
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Street vendor, Bolivia
       
     
Street vendor, Bolivia
Drying the cacao, Ecuador
       
     
Drying the cacao, Ecuador
Small scale farmer Ami, Indonesia
       
     
Small scale farmer Ami, Indonesia
Small scale farmer Maria,  Ecuador.
       
     
Small scale farmer Maria, Ecuador.
Cyclo taxi driver Manuel, Nicaragua
       
     
Cyclo taxi driver Manuel, Nicaragua
Abigail owns a knitting workshop, Peru
       
     
Abigail owns a knitting workshop, Peru
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