A loan of $2,250 helped a member buy more merchandise.

Mujeres Latinas Group's story

Maria Cristina L. D. is 26 years old and lives with her husband and their two children, ages 10 and 2. For the past four months she has belonged to the "Mujeres Latinas" ("Latin Women") Group along with nine other members, all residents of the district of Carabayllo. For the past year Maria has made a living selling tubers in the market called "Universitaria" ("University"). She practically inherited the sales post from her father and since then she wakes up before dawn everyday and at 3 in the morning she starts to list what she needs to buy at the wholesale market, leaving her children in the care of her husband. With her profits she has started building a second floor on the home given to her by her mother-in-law, and also help out with family expenses like the water and electric bill. Maria tells us this is very tough work but it has its rewards, so she works a lot and in the future she would like to buy a car that she can use for a taxi service. The loan she is requesting will be used to increase her merchandise and thus increase her profits.

In this group: Gladis, Magaly Teresa, Shenicka, Abraham Vladimir, Maria Cristina, Zoila Rosa, Filomena Maria, Gina Gelen, Sandra, Rosa Petronila

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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