GUDELIA

Business: Corner Store

Time with Adelante: 13 YEARS

Department: Atlántida

Although it was over fifteen years ago that the class-five hurricane devastated Honduras, Gudelia’s memory of Hurricane Mitch – and its scarring aftermath – is still vivid.

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“I have had a great experience with Adelante, I enjoy helping the other women. Since I lost everything before, I understand what it means to suffer, to need to fight, and to overcome.”

Although it was over fifteen years ago that the class-five hurricane devastated Honduras, Gudelia’s memory of Hurricane Mitch – and its scarring aftermath – is still vivid. Yet, she sighs with relief when she recalls the Adelante Foundation arriving in her rural village of Colón in 2002.  The impact of her first $181 individual business loan to rebuild her store was more than financial.  Adelante provided a new sense of hope and solidarity among the women in Gudelia’s solidarity group – women who could now repair their community together.

Here is an article featuring Gudelia and her group from a Honduran newspaper in 2004. It states, “Women Move Forward Thanks to Foundation.” Before taking out loans with Adelante, she and the other women in her group worried how they would scrape together the money for their next meal. However, since joining Adelante, they feel in control of their lives and can now send their children to school and provide for their basic needs.

Gudelia has been with Adelante for the past thirteen years. During this time, she has improved her credit, increased her finance and business management knowledge, and worked her way out of the poverty from Hurricane Mitch.  This year, Gudelia received a $454 individual business loan and the new home improvement loan of $545, which she used to construct a washing basin and outhouse. Her old dirt floors have been replaced with beautiful tile and Gudelia recently purchased a new freezer that is well stocked with products to satisfy her many customers.

While caring for her thirteen-year-old granddaughter, Karina, before school, Gudelia not only prepares lunch for Karina and her friends but also helps them with any math-related homework.

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“Even though she’s my grandma, she makes an excellent mom. She gives really good advice and has raised me to work hard and care for others.”

Gudelia invests her loans to meet customer demands and now sells clothing in addition to regular client orders. She has grown her savings and feels secure that she can use the funds in case of an emergency.

“I have had a great experience with Adelante,” says Gudelia. “I enjoy helping the other women. Since I lost everything before, I understand what it means to suffer, to need to fight, and to overcome.”