A loan of $800 helped a member invest in watermelon production & buy larger quantities of other fruits.

Gracias A Dios Group's story

The Group “Gracias a Dios” (Thanks to God) is from the eastern region of Pilas, which is located in the city of Masaya. The members of the group are Lolita del Socorro U. D., José Luis D. S., and Bruna M. M..

Lolita U. is the group coordinator. She is 32 years old and has been growing and selling watermelons for the past 4 years. Lolita decided to sell her products from the side of the highway leading to Tipitapa. She thought this would be a good place to set up her post because of the passing vehicles coming from Honduras and other Central American countries, so it would be very tempting to buy a fresh watermelon. She also sells other fruits such as oranges, bananas, and plums. Lolita has the help of her husband in running her business. She plans to invest her loan so that she can produce and purchase fruit in larger quantities and meet demand.

The group has participated in 11 loan cycles and has an outstanding record. José D. has been selling clothing and perfumes for 2½ years. Bruna M. has been selling food out of her home for 2 years.

In this group: Lolita Del Socorro, José Luis, Bruna

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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