A loan of $1,175 helped a member purchase chicken, noodles, and potatoes for making chicken soup.

Virgen De La Puerta Group's story

The Communal Bank “Virgen D. L. Puerta” (Our Lady of the Door) consists of seven enterprising and responsible members. Dominga is one of the group members. She is 35 years old and a single mother of four dependent children. For the past year, Dominga has been selling chicken soup in Chosica as a street vendor. She started this business out of necessity because she wanted to improve her quality of life since she must be both father and mother to her children. Dominga is responsible for all of her children’s expenses and does not receive any assistance from their father. However, she says that she presses forward because she wants them to become professionals. Dominga continues to work hard and not lose faith in order to achieve her goals.

She is requesting a loan to buy ingredients (such as noodles, chicken, and potatoes) that she lacks so that she can continue preparing more chicken soup to sell. Also, she will buy a few things that her children are lacking. Dominga wants to prepare one of her children for university since he has already finished high school. She will do everything possible to make sure that he is enrolled no later than May.

The main photograph shows five members of the group since Sra. Milagros and Sra. Gudelia were not able to attend the disbursement meeting. Their photos were taken separately at the time of their respective disbursements.

In this group: Dominga Isabel, Gudelia, Milagros, Eileen Ana, Maria Rita, Juan Carlos, Anne Ysabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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