A loan of $4,000 helped a member buy Supplies for Shop.

Unidos Al Progreso Group's story

Irma Olinda Huamán Calderón, I am 49 years old. For 3 years I have been the president of EDAPROSPO-PROSPERIDAD in the community group “Unidos al Progreso” (united for progress). The 12 members of our group work in retail, we call ourselves “Unidos al Progreso” because we believe that being united will bring us progress. I have always had the initiative to generate my own income. In order to do that, I started selling fruit candy from my home. I also worked as a seamstress and these activities generated a small profit with which I bought more sweets. I felt that this business could move forward but I needed some capital that I did not have. For that reason, I reached out to EDAPROSPO – PROSPERIDAD in order to obtain a loan to help me improve my business. Who would have thought that I would now have a small shop, which I intend to continue improving with additional loans from EDAPROSPO – PROSPERIDAD until it is converted into a grocery store. Today I feel very fulfilled with the support of EDAPROSPO – PROSPERIDAD, it has not only helped me with expenses, but has also helped me provide a better quality of life for my 24 year old disabled son.

In this group: Camila Cindy, Rafaela Herilda, Irma Olinda, Carmen Elida, Enedina*, Margarita Teresa*, Elizabel, Carmela Francisca, Soledad Edith, Yessica Vanessa, Luis David, Luisa
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Hungria

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