Charities We Support

Two years ago we started a commitment in recognition of our clients’ support of our law practice by making small business loans to entrepreneurs across the globe using www.kiva.org. The first loan was subsequently repaid, and we continued our effort by making loans to other small business entrepreneurs around the world in the spirit of charitable giving. The first year, we chose to benefit two weavers in Guatemala, Hector Zapata and Josefina Menchu, both of whom own businesses selling their hand-made traditional clothing and textiles.

As part of this commitment, The Law Offices of Daniel J. Brazil, P.A. make monthly loans to small business owners in Latin America, with a special emphasis towards rural businesses. This month, we have selected two more small businesses to support in Bolivia and Ecuador. The first is a small group of strong women who have formed the community association, Flor Kantutita, in order to support their families and business aspirations in La Paz, Bolivia. The second is Fany Aravell Gaces Rojas, a jewelry merchant from Paraiso, Ecuador, a small town on the edge of the urban city of Guayaquil. Please take a few minutes to read more about Reina de la Paz community bank and Fany Aravell Gaces Rojas, as well as Josefina and Hector.

Héctor and Josefina


Flor Kantutita Group

In this Group: Martha, Jesusa, Valeria Cristina, Virginia, Blanca Albertina, Enrique, Bertha, Martha, Elsa Ines, Ana Virginia, Ana Patricia

The community association “FLOR KANTUTITA” began its seventh cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the focal center Germán Busch. It is made up of eleven members and it is guided by a board of directors headed by Martha. The members of the community association go forward with various businesses, among them we have: food sales, cosmetics sales, kebab sales, blanket weaving, sewing aprons, making tulmas, driver, and caretaker.

Martha says that she has been working with Pro Mujer for more than five years, and she joined the institution at the invitation of her sister. Currently she has a grocery business that she’s been working at for years.

The loan that she will take out now is to increase her capital (for buying groceries) which she will buy in the commercial sector of the city (“La Ceja”) and later sell at the community marketplaces. This type of work allows her to generate the resources to support her family, as she is single with four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes health, personal attention, and the service.

(Translated from Spanish by Tamara Hellgren, Kiva Volunteer )

La A.C. “FLOR KANTUTITA” iniciará su séptimo ciclo en Pro Mujer, como parte del centro focal Germán Busch, está compuesta por once integrantes y está dirigida por una mesa directiva encabezada por la señora Martha. Los negocios que las integrantes de la asociación comunal llevan adelante son variados entre ellos tenemos: venta de comida, venta de cosméticos, venta de salchipapa, trenzado de mantas, costura de mandiles, producción de tullmas, chofer, portería.

La señora Martha, indica que hace mas de cinco años que trabaja en Pro Mujer y que integro la institución por invitación de su hermana. En la actualidad ella tiene un negocio de abarrotes que viene trabajando hace años.

El crédito que ahora sacará es para aumentar su capital (compra de abarrotes) que comprará la Ceja y posteriormente lo venderá en las ferias de las comunidades. Esta forma de trabajo le permite generar recursos para apoyar a su familia, pues ella tiene cuatro hijos y es soltera.

Cuando se le consulta qué le gusta de Pro Mujer, ella responde que le gusta salud, la atención del personal y el servicio.


Fany Aravell Gaces Rojas

Fany Aravell Gaces Rojas

Fany is 45 years old. She sells jewelry informally in the streets of Paraíso. She lives in Paraíso de Guayaquil (a peri-urban area which has dirt roads and whose houses are in the mountains).

Fany is a single mother who, owing to a lack of income, began to use her savings to buy Romanel (a cheap jewelry brand) which she could then sell to her acquaintances and neighbors. She goes out each morning with one of her older daughters to sell jewelry in order to improve their financial situation. They work until late.

With her loan she would like to buy more Romanel jewelry to increase her sales. In the future she would like to increase the number of areas she sells in and sell more jewelry. This would enable her to finish fixing her house.

(Translated from Spanish by Linda Oxnard, Kiva Volunteer )

Fany de 45 años, es vendedora informal de joyas en las calles de paraíso. Vive en el Paraíso de Guayaquil (zona periurbana, con caminos de tierra y las casas están ubicadas en montañas).

Ella es madres soltera y debido a la falta de ingresos comenzó a comprar Romanel (marca de joyas económicas) con sus ahorros para vender a sus conocidos y vecinos. Con una de sus hijas mayores en la mañana salen a vender las joyas para mejorar su economía trabajan hasta tarde.

Con el préstamo quiere comprar mas joyas Romanel para incrementar sus ventas. En el futuro quiere aumentar su trabajo con mas zonas para recorre y vende mas joyas y asi terminar de arreglar su casa.

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