A loan of $1,275 helped a member purchase of creams, deorderants, disinfectants, eye shadows, lotions, lipstick, shines, powders, corn, beans, chicken, beef and pork, sausages, lard, eggs, rice, butter, cheese, sugar, spaghetti, pastas, flour, salsas, soda.

Women Of The Valley Group's story

The Women of the Valley Group (el grupo Mujeres del Valle) is comprised of four women who are strong fighters. What follows are details of the activities they have achieved.

Ms. LEYLA DEL CARMEN M. has been selling cosmetics for four years. She carries out the majority of those sells on the street. Leyla decided to go into business to support her companion in covering some of their family expenses. Leyla lives with her partner and has 3 children who depend on her. Her fiance works in agriculture and works as a laborer in the fields.

Mrs. NEYBI SOFIA R. O. has been selling cosmetics for 1 year. She sells cosmetics on the street in her village of Santa Maria, Jamastranh. Neybi is a mother of 4 children, 3 of whom depend on her still. Her companion had to immigrate to the USA in search of a better living, and up until now he has achieved it. With the earnings he sends home to her, she has been able to invest in improving their living conditions. From the earnings her business has generated, she is able to cover 100% of her personal expenses.

Mrs. JULIA AMPARO O. has been selling food for 8 years. Her regular clients are policemen. Julia made the decision to do this business because next to her house is a dining room open to everyone. But 8 years ago this business was closed and a lot of people had been going there to eat regularly. This made putting the business there a good idea since she practically had permanent customers. Since that time, Mrs. Julia has been selling food to the policemen. She is married and her husband works in agriculture. Their four at-home daughters also work to prepare the meals.

Mrs. YOLANDA MARIBEL M. has been selling bread and candy for 4 years. Yolanda bakes twice a week and sells her candy on Sundays. She’s sells the candy at the soccer fields. She is a mother of 3 children who depend on her 100%. Her husband works in the fields. With the earnings generated by her business, she has been able to support her husband in covering certain family expenses.

All these families need the loans to succeed.

In this group: Leyla Del Carmen, Neybi Sofia, Julia Amparo, Yolanda Maribel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jo Longnecker

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