A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy construction supplies to expand her business, used clothes, creams, cosmetics, perfumes, vegetables, meat, beans, rice, sugar, butter, pasta, sauces, milk, cheese, soft cheese, mortadella, chorizo, chicken, fish, shrimp, pork, beef, tortillas, corn flour, wheat flour and eggs.


Mi Buen Jesus Group's story

The 'Mi Buen Jesus' community bank is made up of four women who have known each other for a long time and are all saleswomen. We will provide details about the different business activities that they carry out here.

Benita García is 52 years old. She doesn't have any dependent children and lives with her husband Eliodoro Corea. They own their own home and this is where Benita has her small grocery store where she sells general groceries and soft drinks. She has had her store for one year and will invest her loan in her business as she would like to expand it so that she can stock more merchandise.

Karen Yaqueline A. is a young woman of 21. She is single and lives with her two siblings in Morazan residential development, in San Lorenzo. Karen has been selling cosmetics in the neighborhoods and residential developments of San Lorenzo for 18 months. Her biggest customers are the teachers in the local schools. She sells her products for cash and on credit. She will use her loan to buy perfumes and creams.

Santos Isabela F. is 48 years old. She is a single mother and has two children. Santos lives in a family member's home in Buena Vista Sur residential development, in San Lorenzo. Santos' business is selling used clothing. She sells her clothing in neighboring villages and has the help of her son. She makes her sales from Monday to Saturday. Santos will use her loan to buy used clothes. She has a lot of orders for shorts and t-shirts for going to the beach during Semana Santa (Holy Week).

The fourth member of the group is Lidia Yesenia C. L. who is 36 years old, married, and has two children. They live in the Panchita residential development which is where Lidia has her business selling sweets, breakfasts and lunches. She has a lot of customers as her meals are delicious. She will use her loan to buy vegetables, meat, beans, rice, butter, fish, shrimp and everything she needs to prepare her meals. Her goal is to grow her business in order to make more profits.

In this group: Benita, Karen Yaqueline, Santos Isabela, Lidia Yesenia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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