A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy merchandise (men's, women's and children's clothing, underwear and shoes).

Banco Mujer Mujeres Al Poder Group's story

Isabel is the treasurer of the 'Mujeres al Poder' Women's Bank. She is 33 years old, married, and lives with her husband and her two children who are dependent on her and still in school. Isabel is an itinerant street vendor. She sells clothing for the whole family, as well as underwear and shoes. She also has livestock on her property which she fattens. She carries out this business in parallel with her sales business.

Isabel is pregnant with her third child but this doesn't stop her from going out to different communities to sell her products in order to help toward her household expenses and, above all, cover the cost of her children's education. This is her responsibility because her husband's salary doesn't stretch far enough.

This is the third loan that Isabel has requested and she will invest it in buying clothing and shoes because she currently has a lot of demand for her merchandise but doesn't have the money she needs to make the necessary investment in working capital.

The group to which Isabel belongs has five further members. They are all responsible and hard-working ladies who will invest in their agricultural businesses.

In this group: Anais, Mariana, Isabel, Norma, Ayda, Maritza

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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