A loan of $2,400 helped a member to buy seeds, fertilizer, insecticide, and other agricultural items.


Banco Mujer Alàglöwa Te Kà Bei Biketse Group's story

The lending group "Banco Mujer Alàglowa Te Ka Bei Biketse" is composed of 8 indigenous women in the community of Gavilán Canta, located in Alta Talamanca. The name of this group is written in the local dialect Cabecar, and it means "Women Thinking of a Better Future." The women in this group all work in agriculture and have a lot of experience doing so. They are convinced that by working together as a group they will be able to improve the area in which they live.

The leader of the group, Maritza, is 31 years old and a single mother of three children. She cultivates bananas and plantains, and the income she earns from this activity allows her to support her children. This is her first loan, which she plans to invest in seeds, fertilizer, and insecticide among other items. This loan will be a great help for her, as it will enable her to improve the quality of her harvests, sell her goods for a better price (directly to the customer and without the use of an intermediary), and use the income to support her children's studies.

In this group: Maritza, Sindia, Lizbeth, Emilia, Auxiliadora, Carla, Bertilia, Rosalia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey



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