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A loan of $1,125 helped a member to purchase seeds for her business.


Chiwillitos Group's story

Sra. Martha, 43, is married, with a 10-year old son in school. Martha is a very hardworking woman who strives for what she wants and is a member of the new communal bank Chiwillitos. She sells seeds both wholesale and retail, and also raises cuyes [guinea pigs; sometimes raised for their meat in parts of Latin America]. She requests this loan to be able to purchase more seeds so she can have a variety of seeds for her business and thereby generate more income. In the future she would like to be able to export her seeds. In the bottom photo, Martha is at the far left wearing a cream-colored sweater and white T-shirt. All of the communal bank members are very grateful for the loan opportunity.

In this group: Faustina Yolanda, Mirian Elena, Mercedes, Jesus Benigno, Martha, Maycol, Luis Jaime*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Melbourne



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