Danielson is growing up in a thriving community, thanks to economic development assistance from World Vision.
In Gracias, World Vision supports the Fountain of Life Savings Group, now 48 members strong. The group began in 2003 with 18 people. The success of the project has attracted 30 new members, who watched as it grew from a savings group worth $8,000 to $26,000.
Members farm the land owned by Jose Gustavo Benitez Benitez, the group secretary. Jose Gustavo inherited the land from his father. He gets offers to sell it, but wants to preserve peace in this community and give other farmers the opportunity for prosperity. World Vision has assisted the group with a water system, seed varieties, and through sponsorship. The group is now looking for better access to market. They are experiencing a time of growth as each member is being asked to bring in a new savings group member—a youth to mentor.
The young person they choose will acquire their savings, upon the older member’s death—and all of their debt. This innovative plan will double the size of the group and ensure sustainability through reaching out to youth.
Photo©2016 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt
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