A loan of $1,550 helped a member to invest in working capital and stock their business buying and selling cuajada (cheese curd) for retail sale as street vendors.

San Fernando Ii Group's story

The San Fernando Community Bank is comprised of nine members, all single mothers, with a total of 16 children to care for between them. They are each from El Sauce, a town in the northern part of the country. The region is known for its milk, cheese, and curd production.

Unfortunately these women have not had the opportunity to study due to a lack of economic resources, but they each desire a better future for their children. Thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to succeed, Modesta Aurora has a job selling cuajada as a street vendor and from her home. Her routine is to work eight hours a day under the hot sun, carrying a 20 kg (roughly 45 lbs) basket of cuajada on her head. She carries out this duty with pleasure as it is her way of making a living for herself and her children.

The San Fernando Community Bank appreciates the assistance that Kiva donors offer to persons of limited resources and impoverished countries such as Nicaragua so that people may obtain dignified employment.

In this group: Rosalina , Norma , Maria Leonor , Modesta Aurora , Zacarias Del Socorro , Leonidas Del Carmen , Maria Marcos , Ivania Del Socorro, Santos Isabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer JOHN NELSON

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