A loan of $850 helped a member to buy educational and decorative materials for the child care center.


Las Palomitas Group's story

María Jesús is president of the “Las Palomitas” Communal bank. Seven very enterprising people participate in the bank. That is the case with María Jesús, age 39. The bank got its name because the members live in a place called El Palomar. She started working in an early childhood development room. She got work experience taking care of children. This work is also known as “Madre Guía” (Guiding Mother). Her effort has not been in vain. She is currently the director of the daycare centers in the zone. With the income this employment generated she built a small apartment on the land that her mother gave her. She also got her own land. This way she supports her life partner with the basic services' expenses and with part of their children’s education. The children are still minors. She will use the loan to buy educational and decorative materials for the atmosphere of her child care center, “Gotitas de Amor” (Little Drops of Love). She will do this to provide the children with more warmth. Her next dream is to be building, little by little, her house.

In this group: Maria Jesus, Liz Eveling, Norma Sara, Maria Luz, Paulina Juana, Emilia Donatila, Eduardo Teodoro*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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