A loan of $1,900 helped a member buy natural ingredients such as yanten, rosemary, camomile, and linseed to make medicine.

Mujeres Unidas Group's story

The Mujeres Unidas Community Bank has nine members, all women between the ages of 20 and 30. Between them they support twelve children. They live in the town of Santa Rosa del Peñón, a municipality north of León, an area known for its simple, hardworking people who work in agriculture growing bananas and corn. The nine women formed a group so they could access credit and help each other. They all know each other as they are from the same area; this makes each one feel responsible for the other members.

They have a variety of businesses such as selling natural medicine, making fried snacks, and selling footwear. They work twelve hours a day to attract customers and earn money. Despite the routine and hard work (many of the women sell their goods in the streets under the hot sun), the women say that this is not a problem and they enjoy their jobs and pleasing their customers.

The Mujeres Unidas Community Bank is very grateful to Kiva donors for the help that they provide for their various businesses. Oneyda Patricia is the coordinator of the bank. She sells natural medicines in the streets and from her house. She needs the loan to buy natural medicines, made from herbs such as yanten, rosemary, camomile, and linseed, not chemicals.

In this group: Elsamir, Nancy Eloisa, Ruth Mercedes, Oneyda Patricia, Frania, Gissela Veronica, Marelynn Mariela, Walkiria Aracely, Jeyling Marcela

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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