A loan of $5,875 helped a member to invest in working capital and stock his business of producing and selling handicrafts such as clay houses, flower vases, kitchen decorations, clay spoons, pitchers, flower pots, and piggy banks.


Mi Dios Es Mi Fortaleza Group's story

The community bank Mi Dios es Mi Fortaleza [My God is My Strength] comprises ten members: nine women and one man. They are mothers and fathers who are responsible for a total of fifteen children. They hail from Malpaisillo, a place that is situated in the western part of the country. They are known for being hardworking, responsible, and with personal desires to get ahead. Unfortunately, they were not able to study due to a lack of economic resources, and they felt obligated to work from a young age in order to help with household expenses.

Thanks to her effort and her desire to get ahead, the coordinator is Basilisa. She makes her living making and selling clay handicrafts, clay houses, flower vases, kitchen decorations, clay spoons, pitchers, flower pots and piggy banks. She works some eight hours a day. She works out of her house, from door-to-door, and by orders.

The goal of the loan is to invest it in working capital to buy material to make handicrafts, like mud, clay, paint, brushes and molds, so that in a not-so-distant future, she can get better earnings.

The community bank Mi Dios es Mi Fortaleza is grateful for the help that Kiva investors provide to people of scarce resources and poor countries such as Nicaragua so that they have a means of making a decent living.

In this group: Claudia Esther, Basilisa, Matilde Del Socorro, Thelma, Neuda Lucia , Ventura Del Socorro, Juana Patricia , Silvia De Los Angeles , Octasis Filomena, Alberto Javier

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepa Ramesh



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