A loan of $3,725 helped a member to buy ingredients for her meal preparations.

Cristo Es Vida Group's story


Elsa, 63, is the group president; she’s a single mother living with her only son, who is dependent on her because he is in drug rehab, and with her grandson, who is still very little.

She tells us that years ago she had a snack business but, having become quite ill with bronchial problems, she could no longer look after her firm. Her assistant found a different job; Elsa asked for help from her family but nobody wanted to take charge, so her small firm failed.

When she got her health back she had to start over again from scratch. Now, she sells prepared brekfasts in a food stand aross from a market; she sells soy milk, quinoa, maca (a radish-like root), etc. as well as bread with cheese, avocado, egg, etc. Since she’s home, she also sells tamales.

She will use the funds to buy inredients for her meals.

She plans to have her own house so that she can proviD. a better home for her son and grandson. She would also like to travel, especially to Cuzco.

In this group: Daria, Solio, Amparo, Elsa, Juan Donato, Eusebio, Petronila, Maurina Julia, Silvia Carolina, Alicia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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