A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy pigs and feed concentrate.

Banco Mujer Creciendo Juntas Group's story

Edel is the President of the “Mujer Creciendo Juntas” communal bank. She’s 42 years old and the mother of five children. Two of them are already adults and no longer live with her and the others are in secondary and elementary school; she also has a new-born, two-month old son.

Family income is very low. Her husband works for a pineapple plantation but his salary is insufficient to cover his family’s basic needs. Because of this she works very hard. Starting very early in the morning she rises to do the chores related to the pig farm: washing the pigsties where the pigs are and feeding them. She also does the household chores. Then she goes off to work half-days in the local school’s kitchen and when she returns home she also does sewing. All of this is to be able to provide schooling for her children and to help her husband cover expenses.

This is the third loan she’s requested from Fundación Mujer. In the previous loans she and her fellow group members have been very responsible and punctual.

Edel is a very determined woman who seeks her and her family’s wellbeing. She knows that she can only reach it through much effort and dedication. Her greatest wish is to improve her and her family’s quality of life, to have her own home-based business so as not to have to go out anymore.

The bank currently has ten members and they will invest in animal husbandry, banana and other vegetable farming, cattle and pig raising.

In this group: Edel, Lucia , Mónica , Maria, Luzmilda, Rosibel, Marielos, Wendy, Alba, Lorena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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