A loan of $4,500 helped a member to invest in working capital and stock-up her grocery store by buying and selling products such as bread, milk, sugar, beans, oil, detergent, soap, eggs, cream, fruit, ice-cream, tiste (a powdered drink) and matches.

Cristo Nos Ama Group's story

The communal bank “Cristo nos Ama” is made up of twelve members, 11 women and 1 man. They are all parents with 20 children between them to care for. They come from Leon, which is in the western part of Nicaragua. They are hard-working, responsible people who want to move ahead in life. They fight daily for a better future for their children. In their spare time, they like to enjoy the company of their children and to spend time as a family. These are people who were unable to study for a career because of a lack of economic resources, but they strive to be able to offer better opportunities for their children.

The co-ordinator of the group is Dominga, thanks to her drive and her desire to get on in life. Her economic activity is a neighbourhood grocery store. This is a small shop that sells supplies such as bread, milk, sugar, beans, oil, detergent, soap, eggs, cream, fruit, ice-creams, "tiste" (a powdered drink made of cornmeal and cocoa powder) and matches. She works 12 hours a day at her business, selling her products. She needs a loan to invest in working capital to stock-up her business buying and selling groceries, so that in the near future she can earn a higher income. The "Crista nos Ama" communal bank thanks Kiva lenders for providing poor people, and poor countries such as Nicaragua, with the opportunity to have a decent job.

In this group: Candida Azucena , Ramona Mercedess , Dominga , Silvia Melania , Perla Maria, Keyling Carolina, Luisa Yanin, Maria Yamilett, Guadalupe Dionisia, Azucena Cecilia, Ramona, Ramon Rufino

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sharon Rees

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