At Vida Plena, we offer women from the communities of El Hoyo and Monte Verde micro-loans and micro-leasing as a way for them to start a small business of their own. In these communities, a woman is far less likely to receive a loan from a bank than a man in the same economic situation. It is a very difficult process for them and most simply don’t qualify for a bank loan. Micro–leasing is a legal contractual agreement between Vida Plena and a recipient who is allowed to use an asset (such as a sewing machine, oven, air compressor, etc.) in exchange for specified periodic payments, by the end of which the recipient owns the asset. Micro-loans are small sums of money lent at low interest to a recipient for the specificpurpose of starting a new business. The Chalmers Center graciously allowed us to use their proven Christ-centered business training curriculum which has been modified specifically for Latin America. The Chalmers Center is a world leader in educating and equipping churches and missions organizations to walk alongside people who are poor, breaking the spiritual, social, and material bonds of poverty. Check out this 2 minute video HERE from the Chalmer’s center for a radical re-education in what poverty is!