A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy vegetables.

Hormiguitas Group's story

The “Hormiguitas” (Hard-Working Women - literally 'Little Ants') community bank is part of the Panamericana regional office. It has eight members who are in their fourth loan cycle. The ladies have demonstrated the well-being of their group by experiencing a loan cycle with no major setbacks. They hope that their upcoming loan cycle will similarly present no problems. The ladies' businesses include: sewing, sewing jackets, selling fish, hand-knitting gloves, selling honey, knitting blankets and selling fruit drinks and whipped cream.

The group's president, Wilma, is a young woman who has one child. She says that she has been knitting mittens for five years. She sells them to a company who then sells them wholesale. A family member taught her how to knit. However, the loan which she is requesting on this occasion will be used to set up a business selling vegetables from a stall in her district on Fridays and Saturdays.

When we asked Wilma what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes to take part in the group and share with her fellow group members.

In this group: Wilma, Felipa, Juana, Gumercinda, Luisa, Maria Luisa, Genoveva, Yobana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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