A loan of $2,225 helped a member to buy bars of soap, shampoo and material for making miniatures.

Sartasiñani Group's story

The SARTASIÑANI community bank is beginning its ninth loan cycle in the Sentaka regional office. The bank has twelve members: eleven women and one man. The bank's board is made up of the president, María, the treasurer, Luperta and the secretary, María del Rosario. The ladies' businesses are in commerce and services. They include: sweet sales, making and selling tracksuits, handicrafts, neighborhood store, soft drink sales, tailoring, plastic sales, food sales, candy sales.

María, president of the Sartasiñani association, was the founder of the Sartasiñani community bank.. She currently has two businesses. Her first business requires her to leave her home and work in the markets as a street trader, selling toiletries such as bars of soap, shampoo, sponges, etc. Her other business is making little shoes for Barbie dolls. She sells these to her customers wholesale. Her customers then sell them in the cities which host 'la Feria de las Alasitas' (a market where they sell miniatures of everything that people use, including furniture and land).

María has been a widow for 16 years during which time she has had to look out for her seven children on her own. When we asked her what she likes most about Pro Mujer, she replied that it was being part of her group and being together.

In the photo, in the top left-hand corner, is Luperta (whose face is not visible in the original group photo).

In this group: María Casilda, Martha, Yola, Nancy, Luperta, Silvia, Maria Del Rosario, Ana Beatriz, Pedro Jaime, Rosmery, Martina, Jenny Lisbeth

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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