A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy clothes, lingerie, perfume, cosmetics and others.

Banco Mujer Nuevo Caribe Group's story

Leticia is Treasurer of the “Mujer Nuevo Caribe” communal bank; she’s a very hard working woman and successful micro businesswoman. But, above all, she’s a self-sacrificing mother. She has three children, a girl, 11, and twin, 13-year-old boys one of which has cerebral palsy and because of his physical and mental disability requires care and total help. She is mother and head of household; she does not get any help from her children’s father but this has not kept her from getting ahead nor especially has kept her from providing her son with all the special care he needs. Her other two children are her greatest support system despite their young age; they form a true team united for their family’s wellbeing primarily to provide their brother with all the love and attention he needs.

Leticia must rise very early every morning to tend to her son, prepare meals for those that are heading to school, to do her household chores so that when they return home from school she can go out into the community to sell her products. She sells clothes, lingerie, perfume, cosmetics and other products which thanks to her loan from Fundación Mujer she will be able to invest in more merchandise for the Christmas season.

This very determined woman has her goals very well defined and she intends to reach them in reasonable time. Among them are: having her own home-based store while continuing to sell her products door to door; to buy a car so that it will be easier for her to move from place to place to sell her merchandise as well as to take her son to the doctor and other therapies that are indispensable for him and, the most important thing, to give her children a better quality of life, especially to her disabled son.

There are seven more members with Leticia who are all very enterprising and who wish to get ahead; they carry out commercial and small industry activities.

In this group: Cinthya, Leticia, Shirley, Sharon, Nydia, Elizabeth, Lizeth, Karla

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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