A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy seasonal merchandise (Mother's Day) for a stationary store, an internet café, and catalog sales.


Banco Mujer Mujeres En Acción Group's story

Profile: Banco Mujer Mujeres en Acción
Fray Casiano Puntarenas
July 2012

Communal bank Mujer Mujeres en Acción has 5 members who have previously worked with Fundación Mujer and other institutions in the Puntarenas area, showing strong administration skills, solidarity, and teamwork, while also saving and running a tight organization. The applicants have been working in the area for 5 years. As communal bank Mujer Mujeres en Acción, they have met twice: first, to train and instruct the others in the Banco Mujer group's structure; and second, to draw up the loan application on which the board is named and the group is recognized.

Banco Mujer Mujeres en Acción has diverse and joint businesses, allowing it a strong base on which to guarantee this loan. The members know how to generate income from each activity and understand the concepts of teamwork, joint responsibility, and saving. Their work and effort is supported by institutions such as Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social and Fundación Mujer, which has allowed them to manage joint businesses (a grocery store, bazaar, and Internet cafe) and maintain staff, locations, and equipment for their micro business. This loan will be used to invest in seasonal and Mother's day merchandise and repair some equipment in the Internet cafe.

These women are empowered, dedicated, and very hardworking. Teamwork has made the organization itself strong and been an excellent strategy to keep the business going over the past 5 years. Their solidarity and collaboration with one another and others makes them stand out in their community as women who know how to provide great service to Barrio Fray Casiano, the area in Puntarenas province where they live. They have been leaders in Barrio Fray Casiano in Puntarenas, an area plagued by poverty and social problems such as drugs and crime. These women try to support the younger women like Giannina y Karol in finding work and earning the money to support their households and families.

In this group: Flora , Dora , Xinia , Geannina, Karol

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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