A loan of $3,850 helped a member to buy oil, noodles, rice and potatoes to prepare her meals.

La Colina Group's story

La Colina (The Hill) is a Communal Bank composed of ten members, eight women and two men, all of them engaging in different activities. Yolanda is the president of the Communal Bank: in the picture she is the one holding the group’s records book. She is a very hardworking woman and she engages in selling meals and meat pies. She is 30 years old, she is married and she has three children aged 7, 10 and 12. She sells meals from a stall in her own house, located in La Colorada, a neighborhood of the town of Santa Cruz. This is her first loan with the institution, and Yolanda will use it to buy ingredients to prepare her meals such as oil, noodles, rice and potatoes at a wholesale price. There are challenges Yolanda has to face with her job, notably competition, as there are many inns in her area that sell meals. She will use the profits to keep on buying ingredients to prepare her really tasty dishes, and she feels happy and grateful for the chance she has been given.

In this group: Armando, Petrona, Carmen, Nancy , Cleopatra, Martha, Cristina, Yolanda, Francisco, Gabriela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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