A loan of $3,525 helped a member to buy rice, oil and beverages.

Mi Amigo Jesus Group's story

Arsenia is a member of the “Mi Amigo Jesús” (My Friend Jesus) communal bank. She spearheaded its formation with enterprising people from Corcona Annex. It’s been participating in the program since 2006.

At the age of 60 and with 8 children, two of whom still dependent, Arsenia makes tamales to sell; she also sells beverages at home like soft drinks and sodas.

She will use the received loan to buy ingredients like corn, oil and assorted beverages; she will also contribute to the tuition costs of one of her children and, if possible, help the other child with the paperwork to get his driver’s license so that he can learn to work as a driver.

Arsenia dreams with having a house of her own and to have a spacious soda fountain. She’d also like to have gardens with flowers where she and her husband, who’s a locksmith, can continue working.

We can see the members gathered together at the payout meeting that took place in their community. They are grateful for the opportunity and for the working capital received to continue working. Due to distance, two of the members did not arrive on time: Eli Humberto and Milena Iris so they do not appear in the photo.

In this group: Arsenia Aydee, Marina Sinforosa, Rosario Del Pilar, Elmer Efrain, Carmen, Fernando Carlos, Beatriz Nancy, Eli Humberto*, Rosario Victoria, Milena Iris*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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