A loan of $2,300 helped a member to invest in working capital and to stock up her business with consumable goods such as rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, detergent, juices, eggs, and oil.

El Buen Pastor Group's story

The "Buen pastor" communal bank is made up of seven women and one man. They are all responsible mothers and fathers with a total of ten children under their responsibility. The members are all from Sauce, in the north of the country and are all hard-working, responsible and have a desire to do better than ever before. In their free time, the members of the communal bank like to spend time in the company of their children. Unfortunately, due to a lack of money, the members were not able to study at university. They are now fighting every day in order to give their children a better future.

Thanks to her efforts and her desire to get ahead, Catalina is the coordinator of this group. She makes a living running a grocery store, a small shop where she sells consumable goods, such as rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, detergent, juices, eggs and oil, in small quantities. Catalina works some twelve hours every day. This loan will be invested in working capital for Catalina's business buying and selling consumable goods so that, in the not-too-distant future, she can earn a better living. The "Buen pastor" group thanks Kiva investors for the help they are providing to poor countries like Nicaragua and for helping poor people to have a decent job.

In this group: Maria Isabel, Juan Carlos, Catalina, Daneysis Yessenia, Elida Maria, Maria De Jesus, Gloria Del Socorro, Basilia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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