To celebrate International Women's Day MCNV and INFI are launching a new film made in Quang Tri, Vietnam, about a young woman named Hoa. She runs her own shop and cafe business in a small village close to Dong Ha City. With the help of a micro-loan funded by MCNV she made her small business more viable and is now considering the next steps to expand her enterprise. The film follows Hoa as she meets the local loan collector, serves her regular customers, negotiates with suppliers and enjoys jokes with some boisterous students coming home after school. At the heart of the story is Hoa and her determination to improve her life for herself and her family by applying good business sense to her loan.
It shows how micro-loans in the hands of people with ambition can have an exponential effect beyond the finance itself. In Hoa's case she has been empowered to move from loan receiver to loan giver using a social media group to connect with people less fortunate than herself that gives specifically targeted micro-loans of up to $100 each all organised via Facebook.
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INFI is a network of professionals that advocate stronger financial inclusion throughout SE Asia. You can register as part of their professional network at infinetwork.org The website is currently under construction.