A loan of $1,100 helped a member buy pigs for fattening.

Banco Mujer De Paraiso Group's story

Mercedes, 54, is married and lives with her three children. She's a very hard worker who is recognized in her area since she's been working there all of her life for the benefit of her family; in her area there aren't many jobs and there are few people, so she decided to start her own business breeding pigs, hens and chickens. These animals are properly taken care of and are easily sold in the area. Mercedes learned to take care of the animals by herself as her husband leaves in the early morning and comes back in the evening. She and her children are in charge of caring for the pigpens and chicken coops. She's been doing this kind of work since she was a little girl and has taught her children how to do it because if they want to continue studying, they need to make some money to afford the the 1-hour trip to school. She says that when it's tough to accomplish something, in the end, you enjoy it more. That's why she dreams of seeing her children graduate from university and get less-strenuous jobs than hers. Mercedes is requesting a loan to buy pigs for fattening as it's a good time to start breeding them. She chose Women's Foundation (Fundación Mujer) Communal Bank because the women in this group live in an area that has been forgotten by the country. They've suffered a lack of electricity and potable water; they are in need of wells and potable water to cover their basic needs. It's an area in the country that is called "Paradise" and most of the people are hard-working women. She hopes we can both help her make her dream for her children come true and help her cover the household expenses.

In this group: Marlene , Nelly , Mercedes , Carmen Guiselle

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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