A loan helped a member to buy bean seeds and to improve cacao crops; the borrower wants to continue investing in her farm to improve products and quality levels.


San Antonio De Padua Group's story

Maria is 60 years old and a hard-working and friendly woman. She really likes to support her friends and family; she is a good mother and wife. Maria has two children and has fought hard with her husband to help them to move forward.

For more than 20 years, Maria has been making a living harvesting cacao, beans, and plantains. Farming is the work that has allowed Maria to move forward. Maria's goal has always been to expand her farm little by little.

Maria is currently applying for a Kiva loan in order to buy bean seeds and to improve cacao crops; the borrower wants to continue investing in her farm to improve products and quality levels.

Maria's second job is working selling new and used clothing. This complements Maria's income, and she can take advantage of the fact that fashions always change and she can sell more clothing. Maria also has the constant support of her children. She is always looking to improve her quality of life, in terms of health, food, and her humble home.

Maria is part of the San Antonio De Padua" communal bank, which has nine members and is going through its seventh loan cycle. Maria is very content to be in this group.

In this group: Magdalena, Olga, Reidelith, Yola, Bernaldina, Ercilia, Maria Cruz, Yosary, Asuncionith

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw.


This loan is special because:

It empowers women through community support and financial training.



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