A loan of $1,050 helped a member to buy rice, beans, corn, oil, sugar, soap, detergent, salt, and matches.


Estrella De Belen Group's story

Estrella de Belén Communal Bank has eight members, seven women and one men between the ages of 25 and 60. They have 10 dependent children in their care and are natives of the town of Malpaisillo, located in the southern part of the country. They're responsible and hardworking people who want to improve themselves personally. As the coordinator of Estrella de Belén Bank, Francisca Yanet is in charge of the smooth running of the bank and ensuring the members' responsibility in making their payments. Francisca's job is selling basic necessities in a specific location in town. The business entails bulk and retail sales of basic staples such as rice, beans, corn, oil, sugar, soap, detergent, salt, and matches. Her routine is to work about 10 hours a day. The goal of the loan is to invest in working capital and supply her business a bit more to satisfy customer demand. Francisca Yanet is grateful for the help the Kiva lenders give to low-income people and poor countries like Nicaragua so they have a means to a life of dignity.

In this group: Yudit Del Socorro, Jessica Janeth, Corina Ninoska, Christian Jorge, Francisca Yanet, Rosibel Anastacia, Julissa Yajaira, Jerry Massiel
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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