A loan of $2,025 helped a member to purchase and sell milk, cheese and curd.

Nuestra Esperanza Group's story

The Nuestra Esperanza Communal Bank is composed of 8 members, all women, ranging in age from 35 to 50 years old. Together the women have 20 children under their care. All belong to the community of El Sauce in the town of León, an area known for its production of milk, cheese and curd and for raising chickens and pigs.

All of the women are very hardworking and were mutually acquainted with each other. They decided to apply for loans as a group in order to support their various economic activities, which include selling milk and curd, selling chickens, selling pigs and selling fried snacks. They carry out their work in their homes and spend 12 hours a day in their daily routines. For example, Martha Lorena is the bank coordinator and sells milk and curd. She gets up at 4 a.m. to be able to sell her products, which are consumed daily very early in the morning by her neighbors in the community.

All of the woman are very modest country people. Consequently they enjoy their work and consider it to be a respectable way to make a living. The funding that Kiva lenders provide to people with scarce resources in poor countries, such as Nicaragua, so they can continue working and living with dignity, is very important to them.

In this group: Lilliam Candida, Yadira Antonia, Juana Epifania , Francisca Milagros , Angela Del Socorro , Maria Ana , Martha Lorena, Martha Lorena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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