A loan of $5,075 helped a member to buy seeds, fertilizer and bags, and to pay laborers.

Banco Mujer Rescatar La Tierra Group's story

Marie is one of the members of the “Banco Mujer Rescatar La Tierra” communal bank and she is the treasurer of the group. She is an indigenous woman from the Talamanca area. She lives in a community at the foot of a mountain called Gavilán Canta.

She is 33 years old and the mother of four children who are all minors. She lives together with them and her partner. She is hard-working, modest and has the desire to grow and get ahead. She has been a member of Fundación Mujer for a number of years and has had 3 loans. She works in agriculture, planting plantains and bananas on her small farm. She does this work with her partner and they are able to satisfy the needs of their household as well as her children's studies. In this area there is no source of jobs. She has two middlemen who buy her product and at times they buy the bananas at a very low price.

The loan will be used to invest in buying seeds, manure, bags and other inputs for seeding. The main challenges she faces are the lack of money to buy raw materials, climatic factors which have ruined her crops and the low prices she is forced to sell her product.

The loan will be of great assistance to her and the other 7 members of the communal bank. They will all invest in farming plantains and bananas and then they will have better quality of living and be able to offer their clients a greater quantity of product.

In this group: Nuria, Marie, Tannia, Desideria, Martiliana, Jessica, Kimberly, Karen

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