A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy bundles of second-hand clothes and sandals.

Unidas Para Vencer Group's story

The “Unidas para Vencer” (Together to Succeed) communal bank is composed of ten members who carry out a variety of economic activities in the village of San Nicolás in Juticalpa. The bank coordinator is Kenia Jacqueline. She sells used clothes and sandals. She’s 33 years old, married and has three sons.

Six years ago and following the example of one of her neighbors, Kenia decided to go into used clothes sales and bought her first bundle of clothes thanks to economic help she got from her husband. Although it wasn’t much, it sufficed to get started. Her business does not have a name because she is a mobile vendor although sometimes she sells from home when her acquaintances or neighbors come by looking for her. The biggest difficulty Kenia faces is the rainy season because she can’t leave home and loses sales and also when she sells on credit because sometimes they take a long time to repay her.

Kenia needs the loan she’s asking for to buy a bundle of used clothes and also to buy sandals so that her customers can wear the latest and most up-to-date styles during the Christmas season. With support from this loan she will be able to stock her business with clothes and sandals in various colors and styles to satisfy customer demand.

In this group: Juana Francisca, Maria Bernarda, Kenia Jacquelin, Leda Suyapa, Angela Maria, Gesi Elminta, Edith Francisca, Gladys Ondina, Ada Luz, Emma Antonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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