I just made a loan to Regina Jose in Mozambique. Her story is inspiring, despite many set backs and physical difficulties, she is still persisting and making her life better.
Regina Jose was born August 1, 1956 in the Chamanculo neighborhood of Maputo. Her parents abandoned her when she was 5 and she went to live with another woman and was raised by that woman's mother. At the age of 13, she lost this second mother and went to live with her older brothers until she was 19 years old. She studied through the 7th grade. She also had small businesses. When she was 30, her older brothers died and she lived with her nephews.
She learned to weave textiles, and she made cloth and towels for sale. Later, she left this activity to sell drinks instead. She also tutored children from grades 1 through 5 in her home, and was able to save enough money to build a stand where she carries out her business today.
She lives with 8 people, 6 of whom she supports. She learned of Hluvuku through a neighbor. Because she is disabled and cannot move about easily, she took advantage of the fact that one of the loan officers works in the area and she applied for a loan.
She has applied to buy inventory for her business. In the future, she hopes to build a hair salon and to buy a car to make transportation easier. As a disabled person, she moves with the help of a small cart and some transport vehicles will not accept her onboard.