A loan of $2,825 helped a member to buy fabric, thread, needles, and other supplies to make crafts.


San Francisco Group's story

San Francisco Communal Bank is in its fourth loan cycle with the women's bank program. All of them work and have jobs that generate income and help them have a better quality of life. They're women who want to improve their living conditions, their finances, and the well-being of each individual.

One of the members is Sonia, an artisan who makes handicrafts. She supports herself by working constantly with the help of her children. Her goal is to earn more money.

Sonia's improving her situation and quality of life. She values her own effort because that's how she's making progress at home. Sonia said she sells her work as a street vendor and she takes orders. As part of the communal bank, she's striving for her objectives and motivating the members with ideas and business practices to be able to fight and overcome poverty.

Sonia's requesting this loan to buy fabric, thread, needles, and other materials to make her artisanal products so she can increase her income.

In this group: Elba, Sonia, Arsenia, Viviana, Benedigta, Antolina, Marina, Margarita, Alba, Filina, Fulgencia, Julia, Alias, Adili, Blanca

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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