A loan of $1,725 helped a member to stock her business with food products.

Cristo Nos Guia Group's story

Cristo Nos Guía Communal Bank is made up of 10 members, single mothers with 15 children in their care. These women are known for being hardworking and responsible with a desire for personal improvement. They're from El Sauce, located in the northern part of the country. In their free time they enjoy being with their families and like to make traditional regional dishes such as "nacatamales" [Nicaraguan-style tamales]. Unfortunately, because of a lack of financial resources, they had to work from a young age and weren't able to pursue an education. They strive every day, however, to give their children a better future.

The coordinator of the communal bank is Martha, whose job is a "pulpería" located in her home. A pulpería is a small store that sells food products in small quantities: rice, beans, sugar, bread, milk, juice, detergent, soda, "tiste" [a corn and cocoa drink], eggs, and matches.

The goal of the loan is to invest in working capital and stock her business buying and selling products. She works in her business some 12 hours a day, selling her products with great enthusiasm.

Cristo Nos Guía Communal Bank is grateful for the help that Kiva lenders give to low-income people and poor countries such as Nicaragua so they have the means to a decent job.

In this group: Olga Del Carmen, Maricela Del Carmen , Martha , Norma Elena , Juana Francisca , Angela Del Rosario , Justina , Pabla Isabel , Maria De Los Angeles, Claudia Ninosca

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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