A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy calves and feed.

Banco Mujer Nueva Luz Group's story

Shirley is one of the members of the Nueva Luz (New Light) Women's Bank. She is 23 years old, married, and is the mother of a 4-year-old child. Her husband works on a local banana plantation and his salary is very low. For this reason, Shirley decided to start her own small business so that she could contribute towards their family expenses and pay for her own studies as she was only able to attend elementary school.

This is the first loan that Shirley has requested from Fundación Mujer and she joined this group of women because her mother, who has been a member of the group for many years, encouraged her to join.

Shirley will invest this loan in buying calves and feed for her animals. She has the support and help of her husband and her mother. This loan will be a great help to Shirley as it will allow her to make income for her household and achieve her goals of continuing to study herself and providing an education for her son.

Requesting a loan on this occasion, together with Shirley, are four further members. They are all very hard-working ladies who will also invest their loans in buying livestock and feed for their animals.

In this group: Lidianeth, Xinia, Ester, Shirley, Maria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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