A loan of $4,350 helps a member to buy ingredients for meals.


Pilar Group's story

The Pilar community bank is composed of eight members with Samantha as president of the bank.

In the photo Helem is wearing a black sweater, Samantha Lucy is in the middle wearing a pink sweater and a blue vest, and Irene on the side is wearing a purple sweater and a maroon jacket.

Samantha had to work to finish high school. Afterwards as she wanted to become independent of her family she left home and started to work in restaurants. She had a son who was cared for by her mother. All went well since the money that Samantha earned was sufficient to pay for her studies and for her son's expenses. However because of the pandemic and the need to quarantine, work opportunities diminished. It was then that she was obliged to start a small business selling stuffed potatoes.

Samantha is a very good cook especially in the preparation of all types of fast food. The loan she is seeking will be used to buy ingredients for full meals, and in this way she will be able to be responsible for household expenses, and her small son will lack for nothing.

In the photo there are only three members of the bank because of the health and safety regulations caused by the pandemic that everyone in the world is facing.

In this group: Norma Esther , Samantha Lucy, Bonifacia Maribel, Wilson , Helem Margot, Gabriela Ines, Irene Villma, Enrique

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A.


This loan is special because:

It empowers women through group lending.

Patrick Flynn, Kiva staff

Patrick Flynn
Kiva staff



Loan details


Lenders and lending teams






Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.