A loan of $2,200 helped a member purchase health products to fulfill her orders.

Las Madres Trabajadoras De San Juan Group's story

The Communal Bank “Las Madres Trabajadoras de San Juan” (The Working Mothers of San Juan) consists of enterprising women who work day after day to meet the household needs of their families. One of these women is Vilma, who is the mother of four adult children who are independent. She has been working four years with EDAPROSPO-Prosperidad and was able to improve her business during this time. Vilma began selling cosmetics, using her home as a base for generating sales. She still had to leave her home to promote her products to her friends and neighbors.

After a relative became ill and required hospitalization, Vilma struck up a conversation with a nurse who told her about some natural products that could help her family. She signed up to acquire these products at low cost and tried them on the family member who was ill. Good results were achieved, which proved that the doctors at the hospital were wrong. The relative eventually passed away, but lived two years longer than what the doctors had expected.

Vilma also signed up to become a vendor of surgical products made of steel such as pans, scalpels, trays, and other items to sell to her customers. The earnings from her sales have enabled her to buy a refrigerator, a freezer, an industrial oven, a counter, and other necessities. She plans to open a restaurant using a space she already has. This will allow her to spend more time at home and dedicate herself exclusively to her restaurant.

She dreams of managing her restaurant business and seeing her children become professionals.

In this group: Zoila Margot, Simona Rosa, Justina Jacinta, Julia, Vilma, Rosa Elvira, Maria Estela, Zoila Elizabeth
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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