MARIA DE JESUS
- Business: Merchandise Sales
- Time with Adelante: 10 Years
- Department: Colón
Maria de Jesus was taken out of school by her parents in 6th grade. They said it was useless for a girl to be educated, that it was time for her to find a man. Today, Maria is breaking that cycle of injustice, ensuring that all of her five children, especially her three girls, get the education and encouragement they need to be confident and independent members of society.
“It’s important for me to let my children know that they can have a good future. My parents never gave me this advice, so I always tell them they can do anything with hope and hard work”
Maria began with Adelante 10 years ago with less than $25 to start her business. She started off investing in a few small articles of clothing, and within a few years expanded to selling toiletries. Today she has diversified her products further and has found success with steel resale. Maria took out her first Home Improvement Loan in 2012 for $590 to fix her family’s roof and add locks to her home.Since then, she has taken out two more Home Improvement Loans for $900 each to create bedrooms for her children and construct her first kitchen.
“The home improvements make me so happy. I didn’t have anything before. Now you can see the changes I have invested… I never thought I would see my house like this!”
Here is Maria with her daughter Delia. Delia admires her mother’s steadfast mission to give her and her siblings a bright future through education. She says, “My mother has thrived so much. She is a real fighter and worker. She has helped me with everything.”
Delia is now completing her high school degree on the weekends and plans to study medicine. Her goal is to work in a rural clinic, and one day even open a clinic of her own.
Maria and Delia both encourage the younger children in the family to study hard. Here is Maria with her 12-year-old daughter, Estefany, and 6-year-old son, Oscar. Her 4-year-old daughter has already started kindergarten. “It’s important for me to let my children know that they can have a good future. My parents never gave me this advice, so I always tell them they can do anything with hope and hard work,” says Maria.
The future looks promising for Maria’s children, and we at Adelante are excited to see the positive changes that they will bring to their community and the next generation of Honduras!