A loan of $175 helped a member to buy clothes.

Maria De Fatima Group's story

Photo, from left to right: María Lorena Q. Martínez, Yelba María López N. y Gabriela Auxiliadora Martínez B..

The solidarity group María de Fátima is formed from the closeness of their businesses and for their confidence in each other. They have small businesses in the community of Villa Betania, in the city of Masaya. The three members have a lot of confidence in each other.

Doña María Lorena Q. Martínez is the mother of 2 small children, who are 5 and 2 years old. She sells corn pastries during the day. She buys it in a pastrymaking shop, where they give her good prices. She also sells soft drinks. Her husband works as a guard in Managua, and he helps her with the expenses of the home. For two years she has been in this activity, and manages to help with the family budget.

Doña Yelba María López N. is the coordinator of the group. She was elected to be the leader of the group. She is very responsible in the payments. She sells clothes on the street in Tipitapa, where she already has many customers. She is a single woman with an adult daughter who helps her with the business. She dreams to improve her house and have a bigger business.

Doña Graciela Auxiliadora, like her other colleague in the group, sells corn pastries, that are known as “cosa de horno”. Also, she offers soft drinks, coffee, milk, etc. She has been doing this activity for 2 years. She is the mother of a small boy who is 2 years old. Her husband helps her with the expenses of the home. She dreams to improve her home, because in the winter it floods a little. With the loans, she has bought the pastries wholesale to maintain the best prices.

In this group: Maria Lorena, Yelba Maria, Gabriela Auxiliadora

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy McGinty

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