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Luz Divina Group
In this Group: Emelina, Maria Ines, Maria Mercedes, Marcia Ramona, Liliana Amparo, Nubia, Danelia Del Socorro, Vilma Haydde

Update on Luz Divina Group

The 'Luz Divina' (Divine Light) community bank has 8 members who are all single mothers and, between them, have 20 children in their care. They are from El Sauce, in the western part of the country, an area which is known for its production of milk, cuajada, cheese and cream. These women are noted for being hard-working and responsible, and having a desire to improve themselves. Unfortunately, none of them was able to attend school. However, they work hard every day so that their children can enjoy a better future and become good, upstanding citizens.

The coordinator of the Luz Divina community bank is Nubia, whose business is making and selling cuajada (a type of cheese). She makes her sales from home and also as an itinerant street vendor. Nubia works for 8 hours a day, selling her products which she carries in a 15kg (33lb) basket on her head. She is requesting this loan to invest in working capital and buy raw materials for making and selling cuajada such as milk, rennet and plastic bags so that, in the not-so-distant future, she can make better income. The 'Luz Divina' community bank is grateful for the help that Kiva lenders provide to people with limited resources in poor countries such as Nicaragua so that they can earn a decent living.
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El banco comunal Luz Divina está conformado por 8 integrantes, madres solteras con 20 hijos bajo su responsabilidad. Son originarias del Sauce lugar que está ubicado en la zona de occidente del país. y de destaca por la producción de leche, cuajada, queso, crema. Son mujeres que se caracteriza por ser trabajadoras, responsables, con ganas de superación personal. Lamentablemente ninguna pudo estudiar. Pero luchan día a día para que sus hijos tengan un futuro mejor y sean hombre y mujeres de bien para la sociedad.

La coordinadora del banco comunal Luz Divina es Nubia y tiene por actividad económica la elaboración y venta de cuajada, en su casa de habitación y de forma ambulante. La rutina de trabajo de Nubia es de unas 8 horas diaria, ofreciendo sus productos con una pana en la cabeza de unos 15 kg. El objetivo del crédito es invertir en capital de trabajo y compra materia prima para la elaboración y venta de la cuajada, como leche, cuajo, Bolsas plásticas. Para que en un futuro no muy lejano pueda obtener mejores ingresos. El banco comunal Luz Divina agradece la ayuda que los inversionistas kiva les brindan a personas de escasos recursos y países pobre como es Nicaragua para tener un medio de trabajo digno.

Previous Loan Details

The Luz Divina (Divine Light) communal bank is made up of eight members; all women between the ages of 25 and 55 years old, and single mothers with 15 children under their responsibility. They are from El Sauce, a place located in the northern region of the country. El Sauce is known for being ... More from Luz Divina Group's previous loan »

Additional Information

Fundación Leon 2000

This loan is administered by Fundación Leon 2000. Fundación Leon 2000 began operations in 1993 as the first microfinance institution to serve the western part of Nicaragua, a country which continues to be one of the poorest in the western hemisphere. Fundación Leon 2000 works to further the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises through credit services and management, applying the best credit industry practices and technical expertise. Additionally, Fundación Leon manages several business and financial education programs in the community, specifically for young entrepreneurs and at-risk youth. Fundación Leon 2000’s group of experienced and dedicated employees works in 7 offices in Leon, Chinandega, Chichigalpa, Somotillo, Jinotepe, El Sauce, and Nagarote and serves several thousand clients (the majority of whom are women).

Concurrent and Successive Loans

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This is a Group Loan

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About Nicaragua

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 85
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    Nicaragua Loans Fundraising
  • $25,792,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 24.9
    Nicaragua Cordobas (NIO) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Luz Divina Group's $1,550 loan helped a member to invest in working capital and buy raw materials for making and selling cuajada such as milk, rennet and plastic bags.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013