A loan of $3,550 helped a member for the purchase of potatoes, cooking oil, and disposable plates.

San Jose Group's story

The San José Communal Bank began with 17 members. Graciela is the president of the communal bank for the second time, and what she likes about it is the incentive to save money.

Graciela is single and has 4 children for whom she works to offer a better life. Her dreams are that her children will become professionals and that she will be able to build her house with stronger materials because now her house is built with primitive material. She lives in Asentamiento Humano San José near the city jail. Graciela sells fast food such as salchipapas (fried potatoes and sausage) and hamburgers in an itinerant fashion from a pushcart on a congested avenue in the city. She carries out this business every day from 5 in the afternoon until 5 in the morning. In addition, she travels to festivals where she stays for a few days selling her products. Her loan will be invested in potatoes, cooking oil, and disposable plates.

In this group: Graciela, Antonia, Juliana Elisa, Marina , Brigida, Karina, Lucia, Leovina , Senobia, Aniceta , Felix , Rosa, Virginia, Claudia, Jenny, Percy, Ruth

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rick & Pat Brown

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