A loan of $275 helped a member purchasing raw material to continue with her business and diversify her products.

Cielo Group's story

Mirna de Jesús N. P., Santiago José P., and Juana Isabel V. are the three members of the Cielo (“Sky”) group. They come from the Las Pilas region and are originally from the city of Masaya.

Mirna is the group’s coordinator. She is 38 years old, and for the last 5 years has made a living making all kinds of clothing: dresses, shirts, trousers, children’s clothing, etc. She started off in this business working for a woman who exported the clothing she made to Honduras, but the woman paid Mirna very little because she supplied Mirna with the materials.

Once Mirna began working with Kiva partner ADIM she was able to invest in materials and thus earn more when she sold her products. The biggest obstacles she has faced are the difficulties that are currently affecting Honduras, and that is why she has had to start selling for a new market. Nevertheless, Mirna is not afraid to get ahead, and so she is beginning to sell her merchandise locally.

Mirna wants to use her loan to purchase materials so she can continue with her business and offer a variety of products.

Juana works selling vegetables as a street vendor, while Santiago sells clothing to order--also as a street vendor. Both of them work in the city of Masaya.

In this group: Mirna De Jesús, Santiago José, Juana Isabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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