A loan of $3,675 helped a member to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Mujeres Unidas Group's story

The “Mujeres Unidas” (United Women) communal bank has ten members; responsible mothers with 20 children in their care. They are from El Sauce, a place located in the northern zone of the country. They are noted for being responsible women with a strong drive towards personal improvement. In their free time they like to enjoy their children and prepare traditional dishes like Nacatamales [Nicaraguan style tamales]. Unfortunately, due to the lack of economic resources they were unable to attend university and had to start to work at a young age to help with household expenses. They strive daily to provide a better future for their children.

Thanks to her spirit and drive to get ahead, Nancy’s economic activity is a home-based ‘pulpería.’ A pulpería is a small store that sells food items in small quantities: envelopes of coffee, shampoo, sugar, soap, oil, herbal tea, eggs, beans, bread, milk, juice, matches and cigarettes by the unit. She spends 12 hours daily at work selling her products. The loan’s objective is to invest in working capital and stock the store with the purchase and sale of food items so that in the not too distant future she can earn higher income.

The Mujeres Unidas communal bank is grateful for the support Kiva lenders provide for people of scarce resources and to poor countries like Nicaragua in order to have ways of earning a living with dignity.

In this group: Elsamir, Nancy Eloisa, Ruth Mercedes, Oneyda Patricia, Frania, Gissela Veronica, Marelynn Mariela, Walkiria Aracely, Evelyn Elyethe, Carla Patricia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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