A loan of $3,150 helped a member working capital.

Las Activas Group's story

The group “Las Activas” ("The Active Women") is represented by Ms. Carmen and made up of 14 very punctual, hard-working and active members who live up to their group's name. All of the members of this communal bank have a business, such as selling food, clothing, cosmetics, bread, hardware, or shoes, or working as a tailor. The members indicate that there is a lot of competition on the local market, but they continue working in spite of this fact, and they have loyal customers.

Carmen is the group's president and has been selling cosmetics for the past year. Rosmery has been selling prepared meals for the past year, Concepción has been selling bread for 10 years, Maria Cristina also sells food and has 3 years of experience, Ana Maria has had her shoe store for the past 13 years, Claudia has been selling used clothing for the past year, Bacilia has been selling food for the past 16 years, Pura has been selling underwear for the past 7 years, Maria Esther has been selling food for the past 2 years, Nancy Angelica has been selling sweets for the past 6 years, Corina has been selling bread for the past 9 years, Daniela has been working as a seamstress for 2 years, Alicia has also been selling bread for 2 years, and finally, Justa has been working at a Viva cell phone sales location for the past 3 years.

The loan is aimed at purchasing merchandise, materials, supplies and tools such as electric sewing machines or embroidery machines. All of this will help them generate greater economic benefits, translating into a better education for their children and a stable home for their families. The great majority of them have previous experience with solidarity loans from institutions similar to the Agrocapital Foundation, so they know how to manage the funds they receive in order to benefit and expand their businesses, which are the fundamental pillars that sustain their households.

In this group: Carmen, Rosmery, Concepcion*, Maria Cristina, Ana Maria, Claudia, Bacilia, Pura, Maria Esther*, Nancy Angelica, Corina, Daniela, Alicia, Justa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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