Roots in Cayo, Belize – Supporting rural people through financial services

Languages: English, French, Spanish

"I started by saving a little money", said Amelia Catalan. Amelia grows potatoes for a living in the department of Cayo, in western Belize. After joining a credit union, her activity and living conditions have improved. Aida Coh, member of the same credit union, cultivates vegetables and grows peanuts in the same area. Thanks to her determination and the support of the credit union, she lives in a better house now.

In this episode of Roots, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD visited the Belize Rural Financial Programme in El Progreso and San Antonio, Cayo, where Amelia and Aida shared their experiences. In their opinion, the credit union could improve its services by providing training on financial management and capacity building.