A loan of $1,850 helped a member to buy supplies to prepare food, such as meat, vegetables, rice, pasta, and other items, and also materials for her handicrafts.

Santa Elena Group's story

The Santa Elena communal bank consists of hard-working women who work day after day to be able to have their own incomes.

One of the members of this group is Señora Felia, who works exclusively in handicrafts, since she makes bedspreads, blankets, and hammocks. Through her effort, continual work, and application of the life behaviors of a successful woman, she is improving her situation of poverty, but she is equally conscious that this work and the effort that she is making have to be continuous and permanent to achieve total success. She also comments that in addition to her handicrafts, she has added the sale of food, and thus she is improving her economic situation little by little.

Señora Felia is applying for this loan to purchase supplies for her food sales, such as meat, vegetables, rice, pasta, and other items, as well as materials for her handicrafts.

There are two additional people in the photo that are not taking out credit in this cycle, but they are still members of the group and have signed forms.

In this group: Angela, Silvina, Felia, Nilda, Felida, Teodorina, Sonia, Ermida, Emilce, Apolinaria, Flora, Delosanta, Lorenza

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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