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Feb 6, 2012

Reports from the Field - Community Banks in Michoacan

A happy community bank member
A happy community bank member

This week, we bring you testimonials from members of three community banks and participants in YQYP workshops in Meseta Purépecha, Michoacán; we think they speak for themselves:

Xate Bank: “We are happy with the bank because now we don’t have to go back to the local lenders who charged us high interest to the point of losing our sewing machines in order to pay them back what they asked. Now with the [community] bank we feel more secure because we know that we have savings and can use them for whatever we need.”

Santa Cecilia Bank (testimonial from the husband of the secretary of the bank committee): “I am happy that my wife invited me to the bank and to the workshop. At first, I didn’t want to come, but when they came from Mexico to give us the workshop I liked it a lot because I had fun doing the activities and exercises, they even helped me at work because I work in construction and I was embarrassed to ask questions about things I didn’t understand. The workshop ended Sunday and on Monday I was asking everything with confidence. It even helped me to improve my communication with my wife and my children. Many thanks to you all for all of this knowledge.”

Nuriten Bank (testimonial from a member): After I got married, I didn’t go out; here it’s not the custom for women to go to meetings or do things outside of the house. My mother-in-law says that this is not acceptable and that my place is in the home, and that’s how it should be. But my sister invited me to the workshop and it’s the nicest thing I’ve experienced; I laughed a lot, I said things I’ve never said before, for the first time I thought about myself. I realized that it’s like a door opened because of everything I learned in the workshop, now I smile more and value myself. I speak about myself and I am thinking that if there is another workshop I’m going to bring my mother-in-law even though we’ll go in secret [laughs].”

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Esta semana, les traemos testimonios de socios de tres bancos comunitarios y participantes en talleres YQYP en la Meseta Purépecha, Michoacán; pensamos que hablan por sí mismos:

Banco Xate: “Estamos contentas con el banco por que ya no tenemos que recurrir a prestamistas locales que nos cobran mucho interés y que hasta hemos perdido nuestras máquinas de coser por pagar lo que pedimos. Ahora con el banco nos sentimos más seguras por que sabemos que tenemos un ahorro y que podemos hechar mano de el para cualquier necesidad.”

Banco Santa Cecilia (testimonio del esposo de la secretaria del comité del banco): Yo estoy contento de que mi esposa me invitará al banco y al taller… Al principio no quería pero cuando vinieron de México a darnos el taller me gusto mucho por lo divertido de las técnicas y los ejercicios, hasta me sirvió en mi trabajo por que yo me dedico a la construcción y me daba pena preguntar lo que no entendía; el taller termino el domingo y el lunes yo ya estaba preguntando todo y con seguridad. También me sirvió para mejorar la comunicación con mi esposa y con mis hijos. Muchas gracias a ustedes por todo este conocimiento.”

Banco Nuriten (testimonio de una de las socias): “Yo desde que me casé no salía, aqui no se acostumbra que la mujer ande en reuniones o haciendo cosas  fuera de su casa, mi suegra dice que eso no está bien y que mi lugar esta en la casa, que así es como debe ser. Pero mi hermana me invitó al taller y es lo más bonito que he vivido, me reí mucho, dije cosas que nunca había dicho, por primera vez pensé en mi persona, haga de cuenta es como si se abriera una puerta de todo lo que aprendí en el taller, ahora sonrío más y me valoro. Hablo de mi misma y estoy pensando que si hay otro taller voy a llevar a mi suegra aunque sea a escondidas [ríe].”

¡Por favor dona para apoyar nuestro trabajo para empoderar a la gente de Michoacán y México!

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