The Caja Rural of Zapallal is located at one of the most centric places of Darien. The membership of the community bank remains relatively low (15) compared to Zapallal’s population (+2,000). Regardless, it is important to highlight that the members of the Caja Rural are in general in worse-off conditions to access credit and savings in the community, given that they are mostly farmers and/or dedicated to economic activities within the informal sector. On the other hand, the community bank of Zapallal has shown a remarkable performance in the past 2 years; they have motivated group with an immense potential to grow in membership and performance even further.
The Caja Rural of Zapallal has built their physical office during 2019 and they are excited to start 2020 in their new office! They are still working on finalizing some construction details and they have in mind making it even bigger as they plan to increase their membership.
The leadership of women in the community bank of Zapallal is undeniable, they recently supported the creation of a new community bank and participated as guest speakers. The leaders have provided deep insights and advice to the recently created community bank of Cañazas de Tortí, a testament of their leadership and commitment in bringing financial inclusion to all people in Eastern Panama and Darién!
Their main obstacle is their lack of knowledge in terms of marketing strategies to promote the community bank; as well as the reluctance of people of Zapallal to join the community bank. Strategies/tactics to reach out to more people and increase membership are strong needs of this community bank.
The tasks thatCommunity Bank has prioritized are:
The tasks that Community Bank Zapallal has prioritized are:
Page Last Updated:February 26, 2020