This letter is to express my outrage and disappointment with a lending institution in the city of Castries.
Upon entry into this establishment, I was filled with hope and good expectations. However, this feeling was not meant to last because as soon as the attendant saw me he immediately made a judgement against me based on my protruding belly.
“Hi, good afternoon, I’m here to find out more information on how I could get a small loan,” I said with enthusiasm. “Oh let me stop you right there,” he said with his hands signalling the stop! sign. “We don’t offer loans to persons who are pregnant,” he continued.
A feeling of total awe, mixed with disbelief and anger covered my face. I could not believe this. In this age, in St. Lucia I was being discriminated against because I was expecting. The attendant didn’t care who I was, where I worked, what salary I earned, but he was quick to right me off all because I was pregnant.
Having a baby in St. Lucia seems to mean that you are incapable of paying off a loan on time. This brought about two questions: “do all other clients, who are not pregnant, pay their loans on time?” and “Are all pregnant women delinquent in paying off their loans on time?”
I believe I was discriminated against and I don’t think that this is right. I decided to tell my story to take a stand for all pregnant, hard-working, women who were turned down for only one reason, and that reason is because of bringing forth new life.