A loan of $2,225 helped a member to purchase clothing.

Amistad Y Lucha Group's story

ESTHER CANDELARIA, (who we see in the photo seated surrounded by the members of the group and family members), has 5 adult children, 4 of whom are completely independent. The youngest is the reason for her efforts and work since she supports him economically in his efforts to become a professional. She, along with 9 other equally hard-working persons from the Comas district, make up the “AMISTAD Y LUCHA” (FRIENDSHIP & STRUGGLE) group.
Esther sells clothing and accessories door-to-door and tells us that since childhood she has always been attracted to sales. When she was able to gather a little money she began selling clothing accessories to her girlfriends and little by little began to amass a bit of capital which she then invested in the purchase of clothing. She feels satisfied because, with her business, from a very early age, she was able to help support her parents, buy her items, and help her husband with the expense of educating their children thereby insuring that they would have a profession. Today, her work's purpose is to support her youngest child who is a university student and, when she travels to the countryside where she also sells her merchandise, she takes advantage of the opportunity to get to know a bit more of her country.

In this group: Maritza, Esther Candelaria, Ana Maria, Maria Luz, Eva, Jessica Marilu, Lily Mabel, Marlene Eliza, Lisbeth, Graciela Yesenia, Sonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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