A loan of $1,175 helped a member buy corn, firewood, water, churros, bread, bundle of clothes, rice, beans, tortillas, toilet paper, soaps, soups, shortening, oil, meats, sausages, and dairy products.

San Bernardo Group's story

The San Bernardo group is located in the village of San Bernardo in the city of Choluteca. The group is comprised of four women. What follows are details of the different activities they do.

Damaris C. sells used clothes in various places in the San Bernardo community. She has three children. One is in school, and the others are at home because they are so young. All of them are dependent upon her. She is a single mother, and she is very devoted to her family. Her mother lives close to her, and she takes care of the babies. One is 45 days old. She will use the loan to buy more used clothes.

Gladis O. makes and sells tortillas. Gladis has five children, who help her in business of making and selling delicious tortillas. Gladis and her husband work hard to get their family ahead. They are very united in order to work.

Catalina P. sells sweets at the kindergarten in her community. Catalina is a woman who gets up at five in the morning to make her snacks to sell at the kindergarten. Catalina and her husband work in a shrimp store, and they are very united. The two of them get their children ahead. They have six children. She will use the loan to buy ingredients for making the sweets.

Gladis C. has a two year old son. She also sells sweets. She has a small mini-market in her house. Gladis gets up very early to tend to her customers. Gladis and her husband work hard to make their own house. She will use the loan to buy merchandise for her mini-mart.

In this group: Damaris Argentina, Gladis, Catalina, Gladis Ubel

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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