A loan of $6,750 helped a member to buy natural products and shoes.

Damas De Agua Fría (Santa Ana) Group's story

In Ayacucho Parish in Santa Ana Canton, a place noted for its beautiful fresh water resorts that are a great tourist attraction in the canton and province, the “Damas de Agua Fría” (Ladies of Agua Fría) communal bank meets every fifteen days. This is a group consisting of 10 women and one man who have been getting support from loans that help them continue moving forward for some time now

One of the members of this group is Miriam, 33. She’s married and has two daughters who are 13 and 10 years of age and attend secondary and primary school. Her husband works on a chicken farm.

Miriam’s a woman who likes to manage on her own and help her husband cover household expenses. To earn her own income she sells natural products as well as shoes via catalog. She has customers that always order from her, especially the natural products because they are very good. She’s been in this business for a year having started it with the very first loan she got from the bank for which she’s very grateful because thanks to her profits she pays for certain things related to her daughters’ schooling.

This loan will be used to buy natural products and shoes by catalog since she already has several pending orders to fill. She’s been in the communal bank for a year and likes it because she started her business thanks to the loans. Her dream is to provide the best education for her daughters.

The small photos are of two members who were unable to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Nereliz Mariceli, Erika Stefania*, Ana Cleotilde, Maryuri Alexandra, Miriam Del Carmen, Rosa Amparo, Sarita Del Socorro, Vanessa Monserrate, Salvador Agustin, Angelica Monserrate, Viviana Monserrate
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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