A loan of $3,325 helped a member improve her small restaurant selling hamburgers.

Las Aguilas Group's story

Mrs. Julia T. M., at 37 years of age, has finally achieved what she had always dreamed of: financial independence. For a long time she worked for others at different businesses. With the severance pay from her last job she decided to start her own business. In the area where she lived there was no hamburger vendor; she didn't think twice, and bought a sandwich cart. At the time she could not afford it, so she obtained a loan and with a lot of sacrifice succeeded.

Julia says that despite the fact that the neighborhood had no electricity, she went ahead with her plans and inaugurated her new business selling hamburgers. For this event she invited all her friends and neighbors with a special opening deal of half off everything, so that they would find out about her business and taste the products. The opening went very well; what encouraged her the most was the congratulations and good wishes from her close friends and relatives. Currently her business is running well, and, despite the fact that now there is competition, her customers are loyal and continue to buy from her. EDAPROSPO has been a great help to her, as before she bought her raw materials little by little, but with loans she can buy the materials in greater quantities, thus increasing her profits. In this way she helps her husband with the household costs, as they have 3 small children. Over time, Julia has seen the business progress a lot: before she sold in the street, and now she has a store in her own house that she is improving little by little, to provide more comfort to the customers who now come in and eat. This current loan will be used to put the finishing touches on her premises: she will put in a nice floor and improve the bathroom. In the future Julia wants to be the first to sell pizzas in her neighborhood, and for this reason she is currently saving to buy a machine to produce them. She knows she will succeed and thus works with a lot of determination.

In this group: Vicky Alejandrina, Julia Estela, Hilaria Vilma, Feliza, Patricia Pilar, Maribel Liliana*, Sonia Aurea, Maria Cristina*, Edith Vilma, Juanita Antonia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Credo

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