A loan of $6,425 helped a member buy seeds, compost, fertilizers, insecticides, plastic bags and cardboard boxes, among others.

Banco Mujer Aracolpa Kañeblocke Añita Group's story

Banco Mujer Aracolpa Kañeblocke Añita means Woman Working Together in an indigenous dialect and is the name of choice of this group of indigenous women who have a long history with Fundación Mujer. The group was formed in 2006 and to date has been granted four loans. The group is made up of eight members, all of whom work in agriculture. The women also belong to their community's Indigenous Woman's Association and through these organizations fight for better living conditions.

The leader of the group is 44-year-old Rafaela who has been married for over 25 years and who due to health problems could never have children. Her husband works as a security officer. Rafaela has always worked in the field; it is what she enjoys doing, and today she grows plantains and bananas. Rafaela will invest this new loan in supplies such as seeds, compost, fertilizer, insecticides, plastic bags and cardboard boxes, among others. This is her way of helping her husband with the household expenses as the income he earns is very little. The previous loans allowed Rafaela to begin planting her crops as well as to grow over the years until she obtained a quality product.

Rafaela's goals are to increase the area of her crop and to ensure she has a small fund for her retirement.

In this group: Rafaela, Kenia, Natalia , Anastacia, Aurelia, Marleni, Eufemia, Wendolyn

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Danielle Kamffer

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