A loan of $3,925 helped a member to purchase seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of avocados and apples. To purchase carpentry materials.

Don Bosco Group's story

Beginning their 12th year, this communal savings group and the ten people who take part in it have continued to demonstrate responsibility and solidarity with their partners. They have been improving their business with time. This time we will get to know members Celina and Susi a little better.

Celina continues to work despite her 66 years. It wasn't easy for her to educate her eight children. She had to become responsible for them at the age of 33 when her husband died. She managed to get along walking from place to place selling fish, mussels and fruit out of a basket. To do that she got up very early, at three in the morning, to buy what she needed in the wholesalers' market. She sold her merchandise to her neighbours and people who lived in her area, with the blessing of God. As Celina tells us, people helped her because they knew of her needs. She has a small market garden growing passion fruit and mangos. She needed the capital it gave her for investment in fertilizer, grafting plants and seeds. The children were growing up and needed higher education. It was in this way that she worked very hard to bring up her family, that they wouldn't be missing the things they needed, and also so she could buy her land and build on it.

Despite her illness that was diagnosed a few years ago (diabetes and arthrosis), she continues working in her market garden. She doesn't want to cause expenses for her children who have families, because for her this would be incomprehensible. The loan that Mrs. Celina is requesting is for purchasing seeds and fertilizer for sowing apples and avocados.

Susi is 36 years old. She and her husband have a carpenter's shop which they were able to set up with the short-term jobs they had, acquiring some basic tools and other tools were made by her husband. Susi prepared the flat roof of their house, which they currently rent, as the workshop for the carpentry business. Most of the jobs they do are shelving, chairs and tables. This business is the family's livelihood. It needed a large investment to purchase a router, a drill, primer and wood, which were obtained with the loans they received. They have orders for cupboards, a dining-room set and chairs, for which they don't have the capital in order to serve their customers, and in this way to continue being the economic support for their household. What they are thinking of doing in time is to purchase some land to build their own house.

In this group: Maura, Mirian Blanca, Celina, Susi Alejandrina, Justo *, Yene Cristina, Zenon Zosimo, Margarita, Paulina*, Maria Antonia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Heidi Petersen

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