A single mother of seven, Marie-Claire Bunga wanted to boost her income so she could improve her children's diet, send them to school, and afford medical care for them. She used her talents as a singer to earn money to start a small shop. She sells a variety of baked goods and fresh foods and still sings in her free time. She joined FINCA's 40-member Saint-Beno”t village bank group and used her $80 loan to expand her business.
Marie-Claire says that FINCA saved her when her business declined. She is delighted to work with FINCA, and hopes to go very far with its support. Her goal is to purchase a plot of land with her savings from the shop.
She urges other mothers to join FINCA to build a business because it is so difficult to borrow money, even from family members.
"FINCA has come to help us," she says, adding, "If we mothers work hard and intelligently, we can succeed."