It wasn’t easy for Juvita Cerron to set foot in a church for her first savings group meeting in Comas, Peru. As an unmarried mother expecting her second child, she feared the group would be a place of judgment—but her drive to meet her children’s needs eclipsed her concern for what others might think. As the group welcomed her warmly, their response surprised Juvita: “Through joining a savings group, I found a community that loved me for who I was and reminded me that God loved me too.”
Juvita was still new to the group when her daughter was born three months prematurely. Her savings group embraced her fully, providing support and prayers for her family. After months of constant medical attention, her daughter, Julieta, was near death. Amid crisis, Juvita found new life in Jesus Christ, putting her trust in His faithfulness rather than the relationships or alcohol on which she once relied. Despite doctors’ warnings that her daughter might never fully recover, Juvita rejoices that the Lord miraculously healed her, and now, two years later, Julieta is strong and healthy.
Investing in dreams
Before becoming a mother, Juvita spent two years studying administration at the university level. When she withdrew from college to care for her first child, she had no income and relied entirely on support from her family and her son’s father. She didn’t know how to break the cycle of dependency and provide for her own children—though she longed to do so.
After joining a savings group, Juvita learned of a part-time position as secretary of the savings program her church operated in partnership with HOPE. It was a strong fit with her skills and background, and Juvita was offered the job. She has quickly became an ambassador for the program, visiting groups and encouraging women with hope for financial and spiritual transformation. She openly shares her own story, and in turn, women confide in Juvita. Through her friendship, many have found life and forgiveness in Jesus.
Juvita has continued to save with her group, increasing her biweekly savings from $6 to $33. Along with other savings group members, she recently participated in a vocational training for bakers. She’s now saving to purchase a $200 oven and open her own bakery. She’s also started saving toward her dream of owning her own home where she and her two children can live independently as they continue to trust God together.