Manuela, an Amextra micro-finance partner, talks with Jorge Perez, director of Amextras' Palenque microfinance department. She was able to open a small restaurant with funds received through Amextra.
Small group support is an integral part of making microfinance programs like Amextra's successful. Amextra staff, called "promoters," meet regularly with past and current loan recipients. Microfinance "associates," as they are called, are encouraged to save before they take out a loan. After receiving a loan, regular meetings provide opportunity for them to discuss any difficulties they are facing and to receive advice from other associates and the Amextra promoter.
The Misol Ha falls, just minutes away from the Pej Pem Center. See more pictures here, and a YouTube video here.