A loan of $2,000 helped a member purchase blacksmithing materials.

Montserrat Group's story

The Montserrat Group is aptly named because the day of their loan request occurred during the celebration for Our Lady of Montserrat. The group consists of five women and is led by Doña Esperanza M. H., who has a daughter. Doña Esperanza sells brand name shoes from “B Hermanos” (a Mexican shoe store chain) for women, men, and children. She fulfills her orders in the city of Villahermosa.

Doña Trinidad has six children and operates a blacksmith shop with her husband. The business is located beside their house. Doña Trina, as she is known in the community, will buy more materials such as angle iron, tubing, scrap iron, and metal sheeting so that she can complete orders she receives for doors, window frames, gates, and privacy shields. She and her husband dream of having a blacksmith shop that is complete so that they can better satisfy the needs of their customers. They also hope that their children will be able to study for their university degree.

Doña Yolanda has two children and manages a grocery store in her home. Doña Luvia and Doña Natividad have two daughters each. Both women sell chickens that they raise at home.

All of these women work extremely hard in their different businesses. They are a close-knit group and have known each other for many years. The group would like to thank the Foundation and Kiva for their support and consideration which will allow them to continue their small businesses.

In this group: Esperanza, Trinidad, Yolanda, Luvia, Natividad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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