A loan of $1,700 helped to buy provisions for her own grocery store and seeds, fertilizers and insecticides for her husband's business.

Ena Jesús's story

The communal bank of Mujeres Unidas meet twice a month in the canton of Jipijapa, a canton known as the Sultana of Coffee because of the extensive coffee plantations which produce an incomparable flavor, for its cuisine and the warmth of its people.

Ena lives here. She is 61 years old, married and has six adult children with four of them still living with her. Her husband is a farmer.

In order to help meet the household expenses Ena has a business. She has a little store in her home where she sells all types of provisions including legumes, vegetables, fruit, various bazaar items and stationery. She invests the loans in her store but this time every year half of the money is to buy seed, fertilizer, and insecticides for her husband to use on the crops that he grows in the winter cycle.

She is repeating her loan as the previous one left her with good earnings with which she could pay many of the household expenses. She will use this loan to buy provisions for her store, seed, fertilizers and insecticides for her husband’s business. She has been with the communal bank since the beginning more than 16 years ago and she likes it because she has made many friends in the group.

Her goals are to continue getting ahead in her business and for her store to grow every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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