A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy supplies (fertilizer and to pay for labor).

Paraiso Group's story

Manuela (first one on the right in the photograph) is 35 years old. She is married and has five children. She lives with her family in Nahualá, Sololá. She devotes herself to the production and sale of bananas. She does this in the community where she lives. She learned this business activity from her parents, who been engaged in the same business activity for many years. This work generates the income needed for her to support her family.

She says that she likes this business activity because it is honest, and it helps her to feel useful in her community. She has been doing this work for over 25 years.

She decided to organize a group with the objective of having her colleagues mutually help each other. This way they will improve their standard of living.

She will use the loan to buy supplies (fertilizer and to pay for labor) for maintenance of the banana crops.

Manuela dreams of expanding her banana crops. This way she would increase her income in order to improve her quality of life and to give land to her children as a means of production.

In this group: Manuela, Manuela, Catarina, Diego, Juan

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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