A loan of $2,000 helped a member to purchase hens, poultry feed, and vitamins.

Banco Mujer Las Luchadoras Group's story

Doña Connie is the president of “Banco Mujer Las Luchadoras” (The Fighters Women’s Bank). She is a hardworking young woman who is 21 years of age and the mother of a one-year-old daughter. Connie has been living with the father of her daughter for a few years. Her opportunities to study were limited, so she was not able to finish high school. She and nine other ladies from the same community are looking to succeed, so they are seeking a loan as a way of achieving this goal.

This is the first loan request submitted by “Banco Mujer Las Luchadoras” after learning about the services offered by Fundación Mujer, thanks to the efforts of Doña Connie. She was a member of another group that disbanded shortly after repaying its loan. However, this did not stop her from starting a new group and she is very pleased with the women who have joined her.

Connie’s main business activity is raising poultry, specifically hens so that she can sell the eggs. She also produces all types of handicrafts and household decorations as a side business to help generate additional household income. Her loan will be invested in the purchase of hens, feed, and vitamins for her animals. Connie has been in business for more than three years, but her main obstacle has been a lack of money to invest in her activities so that she can grow her business and improve the quality of her products. Her goals and objectives are well-defined. They include continuing her studies, having a larger business, and distributing her products throughout the community. These are just some of the dreams that she hopes to achieve through hard work and dedication.

In terms of impact, it is expected that the revenue generated from her microenterprise will help sustain her family financially and contribute toward the improvement of her community. Not only will this loan empower these women in the development of their microenterprises, it will also highlight the role of women entrepreneurs in their community and throughout the entire country.

This loan will be a great help to Connie and the nine other members of her bank, who engage in raising livestock such as pigs and chickens.

In this group: Connie, Yamileth, Edith, Iris, Frecia, Orlanda, Yerelin, Julia, Melba, Mileny

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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