A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy pigs to butcher.

Alegria Group's story

Bertha is coordinator of the “Alegría” communal bank. She’s 60 years old and had six children. She’s single and lives in the village of San Nicolás.

Bertha buys pigs that she then butchers to sell the meat to butcher shops. She learned the business from her parents and when she left home she had to find an economic activity to support herself so she put into practice what she knew which was how to raise pigs.

She’s asking for this loan to buy several pigs and to improve the sty they live in. With support from this loan she will be able to continue to provide sustenance for her family. Her goal is to save part of her profits to set up a grocery store at home and gradually stock it to become a mini-market.

With support from FAMA loans she’s caused her business to grow which has allowed her to improve her profits and gradually pay back her loans.

The other group members are in a variety of sales: nacatamales [Nicaraguan style tamales], beauty products, clothes, snacks and domestic use products.

In this group: Doris Isolina, Nora Sefalia, Blanca Lidia , Norma Ondina , Maria Elena , Martha Noemi, Mirian Isabel, Kenia Iveth, Jarmin Maribel , Bertha Ondina , Maria Graciela , Ana Licia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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