A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy coca leaves.

Cristo Viene Group's story

The entrepreneurial bank CRISTO VIENE is comprised of eight members: six women and two men. The president of the bank is Filomena, 49, who is married and has four school-aged children, 16, 14, 12 and 10. She sells traditional coca leaves for a living. Many people use them to cure their ills, either in the form of infusion or chewing them to avoid fatigue, so it is something that is widely consumed.

Filomena has a stall in the high area of Llojeta. This is her first loan through the institution and she plans to use it to buy packs of coca leaves so she can increase her work capital. Filomena is up against competition since many people sell coca, but in order to sell the product one needs a license. Filomena will use the profits to continue stocking her stall. She is happy and grateful to the institution for the support given to her and the other members of the group.

In this group: Filomena, Dionicia , Ruben, Claudina, Regina Angelica, Wilfredo, Alicia Julia, Brigida

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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