On Tuesday, the BBVA Microfinance Foundation released the documentary ‘After the Rain’, which tells the stories of three families of entrepreneurs who were able to overcome the obstacles to reinvent themselves and change their lives. The short film emphasizes the challenges faced by many of the people supported by the foundation, such as violence, abuse and the effects of climate change. It also shows the hope that it is possible to get ahead and have a better future.
This documentary premiered at the event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the BBVA Microfinance Foundation (FMBBVA), which took place on Tuesday in Madrid. H.M. the Queen presided over the event, in the presence of BBVA Chair Carlos Torres Vila and the Director General of the FMBBVA, Javier M. Flores.
The short film depicts the impact the FMBBVA’s contributions have had on the lives of the entrepreneurs it supports, and the opportunities that emerge from financial advice and training. Its directors, the photojournalists Ofelia de Pablo and Javier Zurita, are the authors of multiple environmental projects and projects related to gender and human rights issues, for which they have received prestigious awards.
BBVA created the FMBBVA in 2007 to support people in vulnerable situations with productive activities. Its goal is promote the economic, social, sustainable and inclusive development of these entrepreneurs. Over the past 15 years, BBVA Microfinance Foundation institutions have allocated €18 billion to low-income entrepreneurs, creating opportunities to help them improve their quality of life. Thanks to these efforts, the foundation was once again recognized in 2022 as the top foundation in Latin America, and second in the world, for its contributions to development, according to data published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).