A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy seeds, manure, fertilizer, insecticide, plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and other items.


Banco Mujer Aracolpa Kañeblocke Añita Group's story

The group leader is Rafaela. She is 46 years old and married for more than 27 years. Health problems prevented her from having children. Her husband works as a security officer. She has worked in the field farming, which she enjoys, growing plantain and banana. This new loan will be used to buy seeds, manure, fertilizer, insecticide, plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and other items. This work has been the way she has been able to help her husband with the household expenses as his income is very little. Previous loans have enabled her to start farming these crops, and it has grown over time and now she has a product of very good quality. She also has invested in her health and well-being, something very important and without doubt has improved her quality of life. Her dreams are to expand her farming area and continue saving for a small retirement fund.

Her group is Banco Mujer Aracolpa Kañeblocke Añita which is an indian dialect that translates to Women Working Together. The group was formed in 2006 and has been the recipient of 5 previous loans. The group has 5 members, all are farmers, and they also belong to the Indigenous Women's Association in their community, which helps them improve their living conditions.

In this group: Rafaela, Shirley, Dulcelina, Aurelia, Wendoly

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Kendall.



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