A loan of $5,550 helped a member to buy seeds, manure, fertilizers, insecticides, bags, boxes and other supplies.

Banco Mujer Esfuerzo Mutuo Group's story

Vilma is 46 years old and a member of the community bank Mujer Esfuerzo Mutuo. She is the mother of three children, but takes care of only one of them and a grandson. Vilma is described as a courageous person because she has always found a way to provide for her family, despite her health problems. She has had two heart operations but still works from sunrise to sunset on her small farm, where she grows plantains.

This is Vilma’s fourth loan, which she will use to buy supplies such as seeds, manure, fertilizers, insecticides, bags and boxes. She says that her dream is to improve her living conditions and to be able to pay for private health care so that she can get better and continue working. Shown in the photo with Vilma are six other members of the group who are going to invest in agricultural businesses.

In this group: Alba Luz , Floribeth, Ingrid, Vilma, Kiara, Jeylin, Yamileth

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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