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Mi Dios Es Mi Fortaleza Group
In this Group: Claudia Esther, Basilisa, Matilde Del Socorro, Thelma, Neuda Lucia , Ventura Del Socorro, Juana Patricia , Silvia De Los Angeles , Octasis Filomena, Alberto Javier

Update on Mi Dios Es Mi Fortaleza Group

The community bank Mi Dios es Mi Fortaleza [My God is My Strength] comprises ten members: nine women and one man. They are mothers and fathers who are responsible for a total of fifteen children. They hail from Malpaisillo, a place that is situated in the western part of the country. They are known for being hardworking, responsible, and with personal desires to get ahead. Unfortunately, they were not able to study due to a lack of economic resources, and they felt obligated to work from a young age in order to help with household expenses.

Thanks to her effort and her desire to get ahead, the coordinator is Basilisa. She makes her living making and selling clay handicrafts, clay houses, flower vases, kitchen decorations, clay spoons, pitchers, flower pots and piggy banks. She works some eight hours a day. She works out of her house, from door-to-door, and by orders.

The goal of the loan is to invest it in working capital to buy material to make handicrafts, like mud, clay, paint, brushes and molds, so that in a not-so-distant future, she can get better earnings.

The community bank Mi Dios es Mi Fortaleza is grateful for the help that Kiva investors provide to people of scarce resources and poor countries such as Nicaragua so that they have a means of making a decent living.
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El banco comunal Mi Dios es mi Fortaleza, está conformado por diez integrantes, nueve mujeres y un hombre. Madres y padres de familia responsables de quince hijos. Son originarios de Malpaisillo, lugar que está ubicado en la zona de occidente del país. Se caracterizan por ser trabajadores, responsables, con ganas de superación personal. Lamentablemente no pudieron estudiar por falta de recursos económicos. Y se vieron obligados a trabajar desde temprana edad para ayudar con los gastos del hogar.

Gracias a su esfuerzo y sus ganas de salir adelante la coordinadora es Basilisa y tiene por actividad económica la elaboración y venta de artesanía de barros, casa de barro, floreros, adornos de cocina, cucharas de barros, jarrones, maceteros, alconcillas. Ella dedica a su actividad unas ocho horas diarias, actividad que la desempeña en su casa de habitación y forma ambulante y por encargos. El objetivo del crédito es invertir en capital de trabajo en la compra de material para elaborar artesanía como barro, arcilla, pintura, pincel, molde. Para que en un futuro no muy lejano pueda obtener mejores ingresos. El banco comunal Mi Dios es Mi fortaleza, agradece la ayuda que los inversionistas kiva les brindan a personas de escasos recursos y países pobre como es Nicaragua para tener un medio de trabajo digno.

Previous Loan Details

The communal bank Mi Dios es Mi Fortaleza [My God is My Strength] comprises 10 members: nine women and one man. They are all responsible parents who, between them, have 20 children in their care. They are from Malpaisillo, in the north of the region. The members of the group are characterised by ... More from Mi Dios Es Mi Fortaleza Group's previous loan »

Additional Information

Fundación Leon 2000

This loan is administered by Fundación Leon 2000. Fundación Leon 2000 began operations in 1993 as the first microfinance institution to serve the western part of Nicaragua, a country which continues to be one of the poorest in the western hemisphere. Fundación Leon 2000 works to further the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises through credit services and management, applying the best credit industry practices and technical expertise. Additionally, Fundación Leon manages several business and financial education programs in the community, specifically for young entrepreneurs and at-risk youth. Fundación Leon 2000’s group of experienced and dedicated employees works in 7 offices in Leon, Chinandega, Chichigalpa, Somotillo, Jinotepe, El Sauce, and Nagarote and serves several thousand clients (the majority of whom are women).

Concurrent and Successive Loans

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This is a Group Loan

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About Nicaragua

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 68
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    Nicaragua Loans Fundraising
  • $25,075,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 24.9
    Nicaragua Cordobas (NIO) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Mi Dios Es Mi Fortaleza Group's $5,875 loan helped a member to invest in working capital and stock his business of producing and selling handicrafts such as clay houses, flower vases, kitchen decorations, clay spoons, pitchers, flower pots, and piggy banks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 19, 2013
Oct 8, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014
This photo was used before for a previous loan for Mi Dios Es Mi Fortaleza Group. It was first posted on Kiva on May, 2013. Learn More