A loan of $3,225 helped a member to purchase scissors, dyes, razors, a hair iron and a blow-dyer.

La Divina Misericordia Group's story

The communal bank "Divina Misericordia" (Divine Mercy) is made up of 7 people, each of whom runs a different business:

Emma: fruit and vegetable sales.
Miguelina: shoe sales.
Leonor: nutrition club.
Lino: bakery.
Cristal: beauty salon.
Felicitas: grocery sales.
Juana: grocery sales.

This communal bank is located in the Vicente community, which is a sugar-producing region.

Cristal is one of the members of the communal bank. She is 35 years old, only finished secondary school and is single. She says that since she didn't have the opportunity to continue with her studies, she went to work to earn a living. Shortly after that, she decided to take a course to become a hairstylist and then started her own business. After completing her course, she opened a beauty salon in the center of her community. She has had her business for 4 years, and over time has earned a number of clients. Cristal's customers like her work and the good service they receive. Cristal needs the loan to purchase scissors, dyes, razors, a hair iron, a blow-dryer etc. Cristal hopes that with this investment, her business will continue to prosper so that she can offer an even better service to her customers.

In this group: Emma , Miguelina , Leonor , Lino Iván, Cristal , Felicitas, Juana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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