A loan helped a member to buy filipitas (a type of plantain), oil, salt, chicken, fish, tomato, and cabbage, among other products.


Wawa Prana Group's story

The communal association Wawa Prana is made up of 10 hardworking women (Maura, Mayla Vanessa, Maurita, Victoria, Josefa, Evonicia, Delia, Ardiña, Thelma and Ellen). They all live in the Wawa Boom community, known for the Wawa river that runs 160 kilometers from the town of Puerto Cabezas on the northern caribbean coast.

These women got together approximately 4 years ago, with the goal of making their small businesses grow. They sell fried fish, chicken, pork, sodas and used clothes. They offer their products in El Lanchón, which is an iron barge that serves as a bridge to the other side for vehicles and people going to the town of Puerto Cabezas or the Pacific Region of Nicaragua. They chose the name Wawa Prana because in Miskito it means the beauty of the Wawa River.

Maura is the coordinator of the solidarity group. She is a woman with a desire to succeed and the qualities of a leader. She is 53 years old, and is married with 6 children. Two are older and independent and 4 are adolescents who are in elementary and middle school. For 10 years she has sold fried food in "El Lanchón". In this manner she generates her own income and contributes to the household expenses and to the schooling of her children. She is seeking financing to buy filipitas (a type of plantain), oil, salt, chicken, fish, tomato, and cabbage, among other products, to make fried food. Her dream is to be a successful businesswoman.

In this group: Ardiña, Delia, Ebonicia, Ellen, Josefa Maria, Maila Vanesa, Maura, Maurita, Thelma, Victoria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laurie Hiller.



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