A loan of $2,400 helped a member to buy raw materials for making clothes and soft furnishings for the home.

Banco Mujer Shekhinná Group's story

María is a member of the Shekhinná women's bank. This is a new group that has been set up in Cariari. The group's name means 'God is with us'.

This lady is 46 years old, lives with her partner and has three children, only two of whom live with her (her youngest). Her partner works on a banana plantation as an agricultural laborer. Between them, the couple work hard to provide for their family.

This is the first loan that María has requested. She works as a seamstress, making made-to-measure clothes and also tablecloths, drapes, sheet sets, etc. In addition, she knits clothes by hand. She will use her loan to buy raw materials for making her products. We feel it important to point out that María currently has a large order for her products which will be shown on a national television channel.

This loan will be a great help as it will allow María to invest in her small business, increase her household income, help with her children's education and improve her family's quality of life.

There are seven additional members in this group who will invest in different commercial and agricultural business activities.

In this group: Hilda, Aracelly, Karol, María, Stephanie, Blanca, María, María

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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