A loan of $825 helped a member to buy and sell cheese curd.

Santa Lucia Group's story

The Santa Lucia Community Bank has eight members, seven women and one man. They are single mothers or single fathers with ten children to care for. All are known for their hard work and effort to help their children get ahead and give them opportunities in life. The members come from El Sauce in the north part of the country.

María de Jesús is the coordinator of the Santa Lucia Bank. One of her duties is to see that repayment of the loan is made correctly and on time. She earns her living selling cheese curd in the streets and from her home. Her daily routine consists of getting up at 4 am to prepare the curds. The container of curds which she carries into the streets weighs 20 kg. María plans to use her share of the loan to buy more curds and earn more money.

All the group members are grateful for the support and financing that Kiva lenders give to low-income people and to poor countries such as Nicaragua so that they can earn a decent living.

In this group: Ana Samari, Jacqueline Del Carmen, Otilia, Maria De Jesus, Magda Masiel, Esperanza De Jesus, Petrona Del Socorro, Byron Antonio
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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