A loan of $4,425 helped a member to buy corn.

Luchadoras Group's story

Bertha is 49 years old. She is a single mother and has two children who she provides for. Her eldest, María Eugenia, is in her first year of CBTA (an upper-middle level agricultural educational institution) and Margarito is in his second year of high school. Bertha is very hard-working because she works to provide for her children. She is the only one who supports her household.

Bertha has been buying and re-selling corn for 10 years. She says that her business is doing very well because, thanks to her business, she is able to support her family. She will invest her loan in buying corn to re-sell. Bertha would like to stock up with a lot of corn but she says that for now she is content with doing what she is able to. However, she is really keen to make progress in her business and get her family ahead in life.

Bertha belongs to 'Las Luchadoras' community bank which has eleven members (ten women and one man). They are all working to improve their financial positions and their names are: Obdulia, Celia, Julia, Alejandra, Teresa, Aurelia, Gloria, Merced, Diocelina and Inés. They each have their own commercial activity including: selling groceries, corn, animals, bread, beans, vegetables, etc.

In this group: Obdulia , Celia, Bertha , Julia , Alejandra, Teresa , Aurelia , Gloria , Merced, Diocilina, Ines

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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