A loan of $4,425 helped a member increase operating capital & purchase merchandise.


Santa Maria Group's story

Bank of Entrepreneurship: SANTA MARIA


This bank was initiated by a group of women who wanted to develop their small businesses. There are currently 12 members (both men and women). They are in their 4th loan cycle and are engaged in various retail businesses such as jewelry, food, cosmetics, medicines, peach nectar, bread, hand-woven fabrics, mattresses, and other products that require quick access to credit.


Sra. Eloisa M. is the president of the group and has served in this capacity before. She sells food, takes care of her son, and is a very friendly and dynamic person. Through her accomplishments, she has been able to generate an income to help support her household.


Sra. Rosmery F. G. is the group treasurer. She has a local business selling food for lunch and dinner. She has 5 years of experience and also takes care of the household chores. Sra. Rosmery has 2 school-aged children. The other members look up to her as a role model.


Sra. Deisy Amparo G. is the group secretary. She sells shoes and also operates a refreshments stand. She has 4 years of experience and works 12 hours a day, Monday through Saturday. Her work mostly involves attending to the people who visit her business.

In this group: Sonia, Pastora, Eloisa, Melvin Ramon, Deisy Amparo, Marianela, Rosmery, Carilandia, Suzan Lozalen, Olga , Elizabeth, Daniel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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