Hilda is one of Mi Esperanza's first women. She came to us as an abused women of an alcoholic husband. Hilda's husband spent nearly everything he made on alcohol. She requested a micro-loan to start a business that would enable her to support her and her children and be able leave her abusive situation. Hilda received a loan of 180.00 US dollars and began her business of selling household supplies like trash bags, toilet paper and cleaners. Hilda traveled in and around her community to sell her items and began to create an income for her family. By the time Hilda had repaid her loan her life had completely changed. Hilda found that HOPE CHANGES THINGS. With the hope for a different future Luis (Hilda's husband) also saw reason to change. Luis brought a bicycle with a crate attached and began operating the business. Soon after, Luis purchased a small motorcycle and continues to work for his family. Luis has stopped drinking and he and Hilda are very happy.
Hilda at a glance
- Age: 46
- Marital Status: Married
- Children: 3
- Community: Sector Ocho
- Mi Esperanza Course: Micro-credit recipient
The micro-loan Hilda received over a decade ago has been a life changing part of her life and the life of her family. Hilda and Luis are still running the family sales business. Although what they sell has changed over the years the business has maintained their family all these years. With a stable source of income they have had consistent food, water, shelter, medical care and education for their children. All these things break the cycle of extreme poverty.
Visiting Hilda and Luis is always a joy! Luis has been able to buy a new motorcycle to work the family business, which is a big step up from walking when we first met them. They have begun a second business..Hilda sells cooking wood at the house for those in the village. The children are great. Jimmy and Yulissa are in school and their oldest son is working to help the family with expenses. Luis and Hilda have become community leaders and are a great help when volunteers come to serve the community.