A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy beauty salon supplies.

Los Pinos Group's story

The communal bank is called "Los Pinos" and is comprised of four ladies who have their own businesses in the village of Coapilla, where the festivity of Our Lady of Candelaria is celebrated every February 2nd.

The person interviewed was Flor de Luz who is married to Gilberto, and they have three children, two of whom are still in their care. Another daughter lives independently.

She has requested a loan to buy supplies such as hair color, nail polish, glue for acrylic nails and other beauty salon items. She has been in business for 23 years and claims it is going well for her. She started the business when she was very young and her mother paid for her to take courses to learn to do a good job, which is what she has been doing.

Over time she would like to expand her salon so her daughter can work there too, since she is studying in the beauty field.

The members of the group are: María de Jesús, who will use her loan to buy and sell cosmetics; Marina, who will buy ingredients to make bread; and Magdali, who will buy ingredients to make tacos.

In this group: Maria De Jesus , Flor De Luz Perez , Marina , Magdali

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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