A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy merchandise like underwear, perfume, and cosmetics by catalog.

Banco Mujer Promujer Group's story

This is a group of women who live in the Puntarenas province, Corredores canton, Darizara district, in the southern zone of Costa Rica. It is known for low availability of employment for people over 40, which is the case with the majority of the members of this group. Therefore, these women need to generate a source of self-employment. They manage to do this by selling products by catalog. They sell a great variety of goods like personal care items, clothes, household goods, and jewelry, etc. Five of the members will use the loan to invest in this. Two of the members make underwear. They sell their products through their colleagues, which creates greater solidarity between them.

Even though these women live close to the Panamanian border, where there is a very strong commercial zone, they have the opportunity to sell their products. They sell through a payments system, and their products sell because of their quality.

Among the future plans for these women is to be able to keep being a financial support to the household. This way they achieve a greater quality of life. The majority of them are women alone, and those that have life partners are paid low salaries or are underemployed.

That is why the business activities of these women are so important to generate income for their families.

In this group: Francisca Guiselle, María Anita, Blanca Rosa, Herminia, Gladys, Aracelly, Marisol

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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