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Mujeres Empresarias Group's story

Mujeres Empresarias Communal Bank

Zulema belongs to the Mujeres Empresarias [Enterprising Women] Communal Bank. They have this name because they all desire to grow their small businesses.

Zulema is a single mother with five children for whom she provides food, education, and whatever else they need. In return, they give her strength and happiness. “Every day they fill me with energy. Everything I do is for them. I try to give them everything I can,” she says.

With the idea of buying her necessities, educating her children, and other expenses, she started selling chicken tripe and later soups and combination plates. Now, she has a food stall where she sells set meals and soups.

Zulema dreams of expanding her business. She would like to open a stand selling “salchipapas” [fried potatoes and hot dog] in the evenings. This would bring more income and allow her to give more to her children.

In this group: Elim Rocio, Gloria Gilberta, Zulema Cruz, Lita Melania*, Thamy Flor, Susana Mary, Emiliana, Isabel, Aurelia Felidora, Maria Teresa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer jeff hersk

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