Doña Sacramento is 39 years old and only has an elementary school education. She is married to Don Joaquin, who works as a farm laborer. They have four children who are in elementary school. Doña Sacramento says she always looks for ways to work from home by making small sales so that she can contribute to the household expenses. Three years ago and with the help of her husband, she set aside a space in her house to open a small grocery store. Over the years, it has grown to the point that it has become of one of the better-stocked stores in her community. Doña Sacramento is very pleased with her business, not only for the progress she has made, but also because of the profits that have been used to provide a better quality of life for her family. She also believes that treating her customers well has helped to attract more people to her business. Doña Sacramento will invest her loan in the purchase of powdered soap, beans, rice, cookies, soft drinks, bleach, candy, juices, snack foods, and canned goods to restock her business. She wants her business to continue growing because she desires for her children to have the opportunity to study for a profession.
Doña Sacramento is a member of a group that consists of seven people who are from the community of Buenos Aires. The people who live in this community engage in farm work, such as planting and cultivating sugar cane. In addition, there is only one palm tree that exists in this community.
The other group members and their business activities are as follows:
• Alvaro provides masonry services.
• Maria Luisa sells groceries.
• Tereso sells tortillas.
• Teofila sells soft drinks.
• Maria Esther raises sheep.
• Mariela sells soft drinks.