A loan of $2,050 helped a member operating capital to acquire pigs.

Mujeres Alegres Group's story

Doña Ana P., age 45, did not attend school because she had to work in order to help with the household expenses. As a result, she has been illiterate since she was a young girl. She has three daughters, of whom two are grown while the youngest is 17. Her husband works as a farmer while she spends her time raising animals (pigs and chickens). Ana has sufficient experience and is able to generate income to help with her daughter’s education as well as the household expenses. She possesses great enthusiasm and the desire to succeed. With the help of some of her neighbors and fellow participants in an agricultural program, she organized a group for the purpose of requesting a loan.

This Communal Bank is called “Mujeres Alegres” (Cheerful Women), a name that was selected by all of the members. The group consists of twelve women who engage in different types of businesses including raising animals, sewing, and selling traditional clothing. Ana will use her loan to buy pigs in order to increase her production and generate more income. Her dream is to grow her business, but is not able to do so because of a lack of capital. She believes this loan will help her accomplish her goals so that she can improve her living conditions.

In this group: Ana , Juliana Estela , Herlinda Isabel , María Eliza , Juana , Josefa , Isabel , Florencia Hernestina , Rosario , Micaela Alejandrina , Carmen Paulina , Francisca Mariquita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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