Through a generous donation of 10 used sewing machines by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview (, Believe in Belize launched a pilot microlending service.  We are thankful for the Rotary Club of Placencia ( for identifying the recipients and deploying the machines on our behalf.
Basically, 8 machines went to Georgetown Technical (GT) High School ( and 2 machines went to Toma Sewing (TS) School in Santa Cruz (both located in Stann Creek district).  In-lieu of traditional microlending where loan are repaid with interest, this model is somewhat different.  At GT, school uniforms are made as part of the teaching experience and sold at a discount. At TS, students learn to sew for free.
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