August 3, 2014
Through a recent loan to ECLOF, a global, ecumenical microfinance organization, Mercy Partnership Fund is helping women in Asia, Africa and Latin America support their families and improve their living conditions. In the Dominican Republic, ECLOF Dominicana currently serves 17,000 clients, 80 percent of whom are women and 19 percent of whom reside in rural areas. One woman, Milagro de la Cruz (pictured), lives in a rural community north of Santo Domingo and has been an ECLOF client since 2007. She is married with five children attending school, between elementary and high school. Her husband is employed. With the help of her family, she cultivates guavas, cherries and vegetables in a small plantation.
Milagro’s first ECLOF loan allowed her to invest in 500 meters of water tubing to supply her home and irrigate her plantation, whereas she previously carried the water on foot. With consecutive loans, Milagro replaced the earthen floor of her home with a cement floor and installed a bathroom. In 2010, she was awarded the Citi Award as Agricultural Micro Entrepreneur of the Year 2010.
Mercy Partnership Fund invests in organizations around the world that support women and children. Learn more about these loans online.