A loan of $825 helped a member to buy fabric, needles, buttons and zippers.

Luz Del Esfuerzo Group's story

The group Luz de Esfuerzo is made of three hard-working women who had to learn to make a living since childhood. One of them, Silvia Alejandra C. O. is a seamstress, a skill she learned from her mother. She is 27 years old and forthe last year has had her own shop which was built thanks to the loans she has taken out and her increased earnings.

In the new year O. would like to continue making progress. Thanks to God she has a lot of work which means she needs a loan to buy basic materials such as fabric, needles, zippers and buttons.

La señora Vilma R. N. is 55 years old and since she was first able to, she has sold nacatamales (corn mash and filling wrapped in banana leaves and steamed), tortillas and other baked goods. She learned how to do this at home from her mother and grandmother who taught her all about the culinary arts. Also, Maria Catalina O. is 55 years old and she sells bananas from a small stretch of the Masaya market.

In this group: Silvia Alejandra, Vilma, María Catalina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sierra Visher

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