A loan of $5,900 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergent, and other staple items.

Mujeres Emprendedoras (Jipijapa) Group's story

The Mujeres Emprendedoras communal bank meets every two weeks in Jipijapa Canton, a canton known as "La Sultana del Café" for its extensive fields of incomparably flavored coffee, its cuisine, and the warmth of its people.

This is a group of people who decided to get together and form this communal bank, which has served them well in all the time they have been in the group. They work in various activities, such as trade, service, and food sales, among others.

Here we met Yessica. She is 29 years old and separated, and from this relationship they have a 9-year-old girl who attends school. She lives in her parents' house.

To get ahead and so her daughter does not need anything, three years ago Yessica saved up what little she had and requested a loan in the communal bank to set up a small business. She has a grocery store in her parents' house where she sells all types of staples. She works every day from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., and sometimes later. She tells us that in season she also sells all types of clothing, which she does door-to-door in the seasons in which she sells.

She is going to use this loan to stock her store. She is going to buy rice, sugar, oil, and detergent, among other staple items.

She has been in the communal bank since the beginning. She is the treasurer of the group and she likes it because thanks to the loan she set up her business, which today allows her to make a living. Her goals are to get ahead and for her daughter never to need anything, because she struggles for her every day.

The small photo is of two members who were not able to be there when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Gloria Tatiana, Yessica Adriana, Karen Gabriela, Dolores Eudocia, Delia Azucena, Belgica Yanina, Maryorie Yesenia, María Fernanda, Ruth Rebeca, Rafaela Margarita, Lilia Magaly, Leida Margarita, Jessenia Elizabeth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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