A loan of $3,500 helped a member to purchase candy and open her own candy store.

Unidos Somos Mas Group's story

Katty is married and the mother of a four-year-old son. She and her family live in a rough section of the city of Esmereldas, but Katty has a business in the city center, where she rents a stand to sell candy and snacks. Katty's husband is a day laborer who helps her a great deal with the business and their son has begun attending preschool.

Katty started her business for years ago with a small amount of capital that a friend lent her. Over time, she found that there was a market for her products and took advantage of the opportunity to rent a small stand where she still runs the business today.

Katty hopes to find a larger location and to be able to provide new products for children's parties. She would like for her son to become an industrial mechanic and has already begun to save for his education.


Katty is a member of the "UNIDOS SOMOS MAS" ["TOGETHER WE'RE GREATER"] group, which consists of seven members. The group members have known each other for eight years and have participated in a variety of activities in the community. Each member will receive $500.00 for their businesses, which include clothing and shoe sales and a grocery store.

NOTE: the person raising her hand in the photo is the group leader.

In this group: Cecibel Alexandra, Kathy Linelly, Narcisa Elvira, Veronica Venedicta, Jonathan Edison, Brayan Joel, Washington Anibal

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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