A loan of $2,525 helped a member to buy oil and canned goods.


Virgen De Candelaria Group's story

The “VIRGEN DE CANDELARIA” community bank are about to start their first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Copacabana regional office. The group has ten members and is managed by a board of directors which is led by Catalina. The businesses that the members of the bank are engaged in are varied and include selling 'salchipapas' (traditional fast food), selling handicrafts, running a bakery, selling food, selling tickets and running a neighborhood store.

Catalina says that this is her first loan cycle with Pro Mujer. She joined through an invitation from a loan officer and promotional work. She currently runs a neighborhood store where she has been working for five years.

Catalina will use this loan to increase her capital (buying oil and canned goods). She will buy her goods from a supplier in Copacabana and sell them in her establishment. This work enables her to make income with which to support her family. Catalina is single and has two children.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, Catalina replied that she likes the friendship of her fellow community bank members.

In this group: Catalina Lydia , Elizabeth, Jackeline Micaela, Cecilia , Filomena, Eusebia Virginia , Flora , Viviana Jacqueline, Diomendes Mario , Viviana Carmen
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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