A loan of $2,925 helped a member to buy fabric and thread.

Hormiguitas Group's story

The “HORMIGUITAS” (Little Ants) communal bank is starting its second cycle. It has 8 members, seven women and one man. The governing board consists of Lucy, President, Cinthia, Treasurer and Ruth, Secretary.

To improve organization the bank formed subgroups to process payment. They are called Solidarity Groups and are led by a Group Leader. Victoria is leader of a group. She is the first level of control within the group and the person who expedites the repayment process during the meeting. She has prior work experience in Pro Mujer. The business she’s in is manufacturing infant wear. She used to work in América Textil micro workshops but has worked independently for the last three years.

She has requested funds to buy supplies like fabric and thread. She makes the tiny items of clothing in her home and delivers the finished products to her customers for subsequent retail sales. One of her daughters helps her.

With respect to Pro Mujer she considers the Health Center to be a great help and that is what she likes best about it.

The other group members have their own businesses: games sales, seamstress services, sale of salchipapas (fried potatoes with fried sausages), infant ware manufacturing, stuffed toy making, public transportation services and artisanal beds and cosmetics sales.

In this group: Victoria, Cinthia, Sabina, Celestino, Lucy Angelica, Lidia, Lizeth Pamela, Ruth Sonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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