A loan of $4,425 helped a member to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Gardenias Group's story

Ricarda, 51, is from a town called Macho de Agua, a place rife with natural resources where the main source of employment is artisanal embroidery work and raising sheep. She belongs to a group called “Gardenias” and she says they named it thus because the house they meet in has gardenias and to quickly identify it they gave it that name; besides it’s a very pretty flower.

She relates that she’s had a grocery store for more than 28 years and that she opened it to help her husband with household expenses because there used to be more children to support who at that time were attending school. She also opened a small grocery store because of need; there wasn’t any grocery store where they could buy basic staples for personal use and to eat.

She says that she wants a loan and is asking Visión Fund for it in order to stock the grocery store because she wants to buy soap, eggs, milk, chlorine bleach, fabric softener, beans, rice, tuna, sardines, cookies, toilet paper, disposable diapers, soft-drinks, juices in assorted flavors, etc. She says that she buys all those products in various stores in a nearby town where she gets them at low prices so that she can earn a bit of profit when she resells them.

She says that her greatest dream is that her youngest son has a career and is able to improve himself because stable employment is scarce in the community where they live; he still has two more years left in high school. She also wants to make her business grow a bit more and to sell dairy products and cold cuts so that folks don’t have to go to other towns to buy what they need for their meals.

The other seven group members are Domitila, Natalia, Gabriela, Enriqueta, Martha, Laura and Sebastiana and they will use their loans to buy products to stock grocery stores, to make traditional clothing and to buy sheep feed.

In this group: Ricarda, Domitila, Natalia, Gabriela, Enriqueta, Martha, Laura, Sebastiana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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