Microloans improving culture

March 21, 2018 at 5:00 AM

Laudelino Vasquez, a Honduran from El Cubite, stands by his small grocery store he started with the help of the Luke Society Gracias.

(Editor’s note: Rev. Carlos Mendoza is the director of Clinica Medica San Lucas in Gracias, Honduras. His ministry specializes in the areas of physical, spiritual, economic and community health.) 

Microloans improving culture

By Carlos Mendoza

Laudelino Vasquez is 62 years old. He lives in the Honduran village of El Cubite.

This community has about 60 houses and it is located in the mountains of the municipality of San Sebastian in the province of Lempira.

It is here that the Luke Society Gracias has been developing an economic microloan program with the purpose to empower the farmers to improve their economic situation.

This man heard about the ministry in his village and approached the promoter to take advantage of an opportunity to get some resources. He was trying with other organizations, but had no success.

Although most of his children are grown up, he still has some little ones. He wants them to inherit a better future.

He received a loan from the Luke Society Gracias of 8,000 lempiras — or about $340 U.S. dollars — to help his little grocery store grow. He says that despite not being much money, it will help him greatly.

Laudelino is a person of scarce economic resources, and most of the people like him who live in the country side don’t have the opportunities to get money from the banks or any financial institution. Laudelino thanks the Luke Society Gracias for this support since this little help has made a wonderful change in his living.

The Luke Society Gracias started this program several years ago with a great success. About 70 families from the villages currently have a microloan. We thank the Lord for the opportunity of being a channel of blessings for these needy people.

hondurasgrocery2.jpgLuke Society Gracias ministry director Carlos Mendoza stands with Laudelino Vasquez outside his home in Honduras.

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