A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy display cases and shelving for her store.

Mujeres Fuertes Y Unidas Group's story

María Candelaria, 53, has a son who has been the motivating force for her to get ahead in life and work hard to provide him with schooling and a profession.

She is a member of the “Mujeres Fuertes y Unidas” (Strong and United Women) communal bank. It has 10 members who are residents of Comas district. Her fellow members elected her President of the group’s Governing Board.

From a very early age she worked helping her parents and then started selling beverages from home even though she didn’t have a specific area set up as a store. Gradually she amassed capital until she was able to buy a display case to exhibit her candies and thus her grocery store, called Muse, grew.

Her work has made it possible for her to build her three story house, pay for her son’s higher education and maintain good health.

The granted loan will be used to buy shelving and display cases for her store.

In this group: Maria Candelaria, Graciela, Saturnino, Mario, Roxana Vilma, Hercilia Anita*, Nancy Miryan, Liliana Janet, Judith Veronica, Lourdes Isabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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