A loan of $4,800 helped a member operating capital.


Union Familia Group's story

Elsa Miriam represents the Unión Familia group. The group is comprised of 12 very active and dynamic members. Elsa Miriam is a member who demonstrates this. She works selling “choripanes” (barbecued sausage stuffed in bread) and sandwiches in the old station in the city of El Alto.

She is married and has two children. Her husband is a bricklayer, and he helps her with some of the household expenses. Because this is not enough, she needs to work for her children’s food and education. Her children are school-age. That is how they got the name of the group. The family makes any small business big. Elsa Miriam’s greatest hope is that her children become professionals and to see them develop enough so that they have a better future.

The rest of the members sell wholesale CDs, beer, clothes, and plastics. Some provide plumbing and transportation services. There is plenty of competition in the market, but they get ahead by quickly changing and stocking their merchandise. That way they get the necessary income to support their families.

The current loan will be used as operating capital to get merchandise, supplies, and materials to increase their sales and improve their families’ quality of life. The group is currently in their fourth cycle. They always demonstrate competence, responsibility, and commitment to their group. Many of the small business have grown. For example, Elsa Miriam now has her cart for selling choripanes. She can give her customers better service. Now she wants to start selling another type of food. That is the reason she needs the loan.

In this group: Elsa Miriam, Miguel Angel*, Judith Paula, Barbara, Janette, Eusebio, Eusebia, Susy, Lucy Marisol, Eusebio*, Iveth Gloria, Maria
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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