A loan helped to provide working capital for an indigenous community-owned bank.


Igarwala Community-Owned Bank's story

Welcome to Igarwala,

Igarwala is a small, rural, and remote indigenous community that is mostly made up of Guna tribe farmers and artisans. The main products of this community are avocados, plantains, cocoyam, and cassava. Also, most of its inhabitants are dedicated to the traditional Guna art-craft making.

Igarwala Community-Owned Bank is a women-led financial institution that provides the members of the community with the ability to have savings, take out small loans, and have access to financial literacy. A lot of members in this community are financially excluded from more traditional financial institutions, but the Community-Owned Bank provides these members with a chance at financial inclusion in their own community. The members are very committed to the growth of the rural bank since it has given them the opportunity to improve their quality of life.

By giving a loan to the Igarwala's Community-Owned Bank, you are providing access to financial services and creating jobs during the crucial planting season. Today, they are applying for their first Kiva loan to access working capital for seven members to buy equipment for chicken-raising and invest in their chicken coops.

In the photo: Nicolas (president), Remon (secretary), Eleida (treasurer), Donilda (spokesperson) and Dixiana (member).

Join us in helping Igarwala provide financial inclusion!


This loan is special because:

It helps the people of a historically disadvantaged community access financial services.



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