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Amigos Unidos Group
In this Group: Ligia Mercedes, Maura Catalina, Dilma Clemencia

Update on Amigos Unidos Group

Ligia Mercedes, is a member of communal bank “Amigos Unidos” (United Friends), is 56 years old. Her family consists of her husband, whom makes a living farming, and three sons and one daughter.

Ligia started selling clothing, meat and rice wrapped in banana leaf (mecatamales), and other products. She learned how to bake bread while at a very young age since some of her neighbors were in this occupation and because she was a bit curious she’d sneak out from home to go see how these neighbors prepared the ingredients to make the bread and how they then baked it.

She does the work by herself but when she gets many orders she looks for someone to help her. One of her problems is that the economic situation is very difficult and besides there are other people engaged in the same activity and the market isn’t very big.

She will use the loan to buy sugar, baking soda, yeast, shortening, milk and flour. With support from the loan she will be able to invest in her business which will produce income to move her family forward. Ligia has been working with FAMA for fourteen years and thanks be to God and to her family who have been very supportive of her, she’s never failed to make her payments.
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Ligia Mercedes, es miembro del Grupo Solidario Amigos Unidos, tiene 56 años de edad, su familia esta integrada por su esposo que se dedica a las labores del campo y sus tres hijos varones y una hija mujer.
Doña Ligia inició vendiendo ropa, nacatamales y otros productos, y desde hace ya 15 años se dedica a la elaboración y venta de pan y rosquillas. Desde muy joven aprendió el oficio de horneado de pan, ya que unas vecinas de ella se dedicaban a esa actividad y como era un poco curiosa siempre se escapaba de su casa e iba a ver como esas vecinas preparaban los insumos para elaborar el pan y luego lo horneaban. El trabajo lo realiza sola pero cuando le encargan bastantes pedidos busca a una persona para que le ayude. Uno de sus problemas es que la situación económica esta bien difícil y además hay más personas que se dedican a la misma actividad y no hay mucho mercado. El préstamo lo invertirá en la compra de azúcar, soda, levadura, manteca, leche, y harina. Con el apoyo de este préstamo podrá invertir en su negocio y eso le dará ingresos para sacar a su familia adelante. Doña Ligia tiene 14 años de trabajar con FAMA y gracias a Dios y a su familia que ha sido de mucho apoyo para ella, nunca ha quedado mal con el pago de sus cuotas.

Previous Loan Details

Ligia Mercedes is a member of the “Amigos Unidos” (Friends United) solidarity group. She’s 56 years old. Her family consists of her husband, who is a farmer, her three sons and one daughter. Ligia started out selling clothes, nacatamales (Nicaraguan style tamales) and other products and fo... More from Amigos Unidos Group's previous loan »

Additional Information

About FAMA:

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with approximately 59% of people living below the poverty line. Familia y Medio Ambiente OPDF (FAMA OPDF) is a Honduran non-profit with no religious or political affiliation. FAMA’s mission is to provide quality and opportune financial services so that men and women have equal opportunities to develop their micro or small businesses, whether they focus on agriculture, manufacturing or services. FAMA operates 13 branches throughout Honduras and serves over 12,500 clients.

Concurrent and Successive Loans

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This is a Group Loan

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About Honduras

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 55
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    Honduras Loans Fundraising
  • $9,873,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 19.1
    Honduras Lempiras (HNL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Amigos Unidos Group's $1,000 loan helped a member to buy flour, eggs, baking soda, shortening, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 12, 2012
Aug 2, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 19, 2013