08 Aug THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LISTA ENDS SUCCESSFULLY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORTÉS IN HONDURAS
The growth of the LISTA Initiative is made possible thanks to the project “Scaling up Digital Solutions to Financial Inclusion”. The project is carried out with funding from the Innovation Investment Alliance, a partnership between Skoll Foundation and USAID, with support from Mercy Corps.
We started the project in Honduras with two different rotations of digital tablets in the department of Cortés. The rotations were carried out successfully in high-risk municipalities, and put us in the path for training thousands of participants in the presidential program Bono Vida Mejor .
The first rotation was carried out during May and June and covered the municipalities of Choloma, San Pedro Sula, Santa Cruz, Proterillos and la Lima, all characterised by high levels of delinquency. In spite of this, the willingness of the 96 female leaders involved in the rotations of the digital tablets prevailed, and their enthusiasm for taking advantage of this learning opportunity was a key factor in successfully training 4,206 people.
Liliam Xiomara Valenzuela Ulloa, one of our mother leaders in San Pedro de Sula, said she feels grateful for the education issued by Fundación Capital. After working with LISTA, she had the idea of borrowing a bread oven and starting a business that now allows her to cover all her household expenses and dedicate more time to her family. “I started making 4 pounds of flour and now I make 17 and sell everything. People come looking for more bread” Liliam told us about her business.
The second rotation of digital tablets took place during the month of July in the municipalities of Villanueva, San Antonio, San Manuel, Omoa y Puerto Cortés. 2,000 people were capacitated.
María Audelina Franco, 68 years old, is a mother leader of the municipality of Pimienta. At the beginning of her participation she felt intimidated, as she was not able to read or write. However, with her granddaughter’s help, she completed her education with LISTA and accepted the challenge of teaching more women in her community, capacitating 70 women in a month.
Sandra Carolina Castellanos, from the municipality of Santa Cruz, also provides a good example of the success in Cortés. When she started the training, her situation was difficult because the house in which she was living with her family was to be sold by its owners. After her contact with LISTA she made a budget with her husband and assigned a part of it to a loan for acquiring a house. Today she’s happy because she’s paying her own place.
These and other experiences give us energy to continue the work during the next months in the departments of Colón and Atlántida in Honduras.