A loan of $4,350 helped a member invest in beauty products.

Las Estrellitas De Marquez Group's story

Marciana C. D. Martínez is a 60-year-old married mother with 4 children. She lives in Márquez , Callao. Ms. C. is a member of the ALCOM LAS ESTRELLITAS D. MARQUEZ Group, which consists of 12 members.

She learned about the group after she was invited to join. She is currently the president, and has held this post for a year-and-a-half.

She states that she started out selling beauty products. She used to sell the products that she had in stock. She first set up a mini bazaar where she sold her products, concurrently selling gifts and candy to get by. She worked so hard that she would sometimes stay until midnight. For a while, she was also a street vendor at a market, selling her beauty products. She did this in order to improve her household income and collaborate with her husband in obtaining a plot of land on which they can start building their house. After much hard work, they managed to obtain the car that her husband uses for work. The company for which he used to work went under and he was left unemployed.

Ms. C. feels very proud of her achievements because she has been able to improve her and her family’s quality of life. This business has allowed her to proviD. her 4 children with a better education. She is currently helping her daughter who is attending college. She will invest part of this EDAPROSPO loan in her business, and the other part in building her house so that she can rent out rooms, thus assuring her family’s future.
* Ms. C. is sitting in this picture, surrounded by her fellow group members.

In this group: Socorro Isabel, Gloria Luz, Yessenia, Marciana, Alicia Nicola*, Diosela, Silvia Margarita, Julia, Maria Dominga, Zoila Selmira, Miriam Ruth
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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