A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy sheets, shoes, blouses.


Las Preciosas Group's story

Cruz C. is 42. Her husband sells tires in downtown Guayaquil, and together they have 4 children, 25, 15, 14 and 13.

8 years ago she began to work as a street vendor selling clothing, shoes, sheets, and more. Her 25 year-old son helps her. Sometimes she finds it difficult to transport the merchandise but she pushes ahead for her family.

With the loan she would like to buy more sheets, shoes, and blouses so that she can have more variety in her merchandise.

Cruz is the coordinator of the Preciosas group. She is pictured dressed in a flowered blouse in the corner on the right. The Preciosas group lives in the outskirts of the city of Paraíso de Guayaquil. The group is made up of 4 working women and their businesses are selling ice cream cones, clothing and perfume.

Cruz will share this loan with the Preciosas group. They have all agreed to be responsible in the repayment of the loan.

In this group: Cruz, Yenny Marisol, Nelly Janneth, Cruz Maria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio



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