A loan of $450 helped a member purchase of aluminum and galvanized zinc.

Las Paisanas Group's story

The members of the group Las Paisanas come from an area known to be very good place for business, since it is located along the highway that leads from Masaya to Tipitapa, a road highly travelled by merchants, tourists, business people and the general public.

Mrs. Elma Aurora G., located in the center of the photo, is 58 years old. She has spent 13 of those years working at what she terms "hojataleria", the crafting of rustic frying pans from galvanized zinc and aluminum, for bread bakeries. She does this work with her entire family. They learned the business when a relative who lives at a distance came to visit and taught them to make these frying pans. “We paid close attention to how he made the pans and decided to make them ourselves, too", says Elma.

She will invest her loan in the purchase of zinc and aluminum with which to make the pans that are the principal source of her income. Elma also sells meat and chicken from her home. She buys the meat wholesale in the poultry farms and resells it retail in her centrally located home.

Hipólita del Socorro A. R. is also a member of the group. She works in the sale of fruits and vegetables in the Masaya market. Olga Lidia Z. A. prepares and sells tortillas in the morning and prepared meals at night in her home.

In this group: Elma Aurora, Hipólita Del Socorro, Olga Lidia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Corcoran

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