A loan of $3,150 helped a member purchase inventory & supplies for their respective businesses.

Working In Harmony Group's story

From a young age, Victoria Gómez devoted herself to her studies so that she could have a career as an accountant. She went to work for a company and became a long-time employee. Unfortunately, she lost her job when her employer went bankrupt. Around the same time, she acquired a piece of property in Santa Ana Los Olivos so that she could start over. While moving into her new home, Victoria worried about how she was going to earn a living. During a visit to a street market near her new home, she thought of starting a business selling condiments (chili peppers, spices, ground seasonings, etc.).

Her business started off badly. She gradually gained a few customers, but being an informal street merchant is a risky proposition. Having to acquire and guard her merchandise created double work for Victoria. The municipal police would often come by and throw out her merchandise instead of asking her to remove it. This created headaches for her because she had to deciD. between making a large purchase of inventory or make the sacrifice to save enough money to acquire her own spice stand. Fortunately, Victory is happy to have her own business in an area that is well-kept and secure. In the afternoons after the market closes, she opens her other business selling food (grilled and roasted meats) outsiD. of her home.

Victoria continues to work hard so that she can proviD. her children with a good education. She feels she has to work extra hard because she is separated from her husband and does not have the luxury of a second income. Her loan will be used to buy more spices to sell. One of her greatest goals is to acquire another vending post in the same market, so Victoria is saving as much money as possible and working as long as she can without resting.

In the photo, Victoria is the woman standing in the back wearing a black and white checkered sweater.

In this group: Victoria, Marina, Maria Eusebia, Irene Marcela*, Santa Liberata, Manuel Angelo*, Karina, Lucia, Rosangela, Veronica, Amelia Yumina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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