A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy papaya, squash, tomatoes, beans, onion, cantaloupes, apples, pineapples, cilantro, pears, bananas, grapes, corn, pasta, etc..


Zafiro Group's story

This group is called “Zafiro” [Sapphire], and this name was chosen because it is a precious stone. All of them live in the town of Vainilla, Nacajuca, Tabasco. It is composed of two men and three women. Efrén C. T. sells fruits. Rodolfo P. G. sells Impuls brand shoes. Rosa O. H. sells cheeses by going from grocery store to grocery store in the municipality of Nacajuca. María Esperanza F. L. wants to use the loan to open a small store in her house. Brenda del Cármen F. O. sells women’s shoes. She goes to the state of Yucatán to buy her merchandise and then sells as a traveling merchant and also fills orders from regular customers.

Efrén is a representative of the group. He is married and has 4 children. Efrén has a fruit store named “La Frutana”, which is located on the outer edges of the public market in the municipality Nacajuca. It is a family business that he tends to with the help of his wife and children. His wife used to work in a fruit store that belongs to her sister. Four years ago they decided to open their own store. The business provides them income that helps them with their children’s education expenses.

With this loan Efrén wants to buy papaya, squash, tomatoes, beans, onion, cantaloupes, apples, pineapples, cilantro, pears, bananas, grapes, corn, pasta, etc. His goal for the future is to provide a better standard of living for his children and for them to finish university.

This is a family-oriented group that is enthusiastic, united, hardworking, and with a great desire to get ahead. They are very happy and feel fortunate because of the support the Foundation and Kiva provide them by believing in their businesses and granting them a loan that will allow them to invest in each of their businesses.

In this group: Efren, Rosa , María Esperanza, Rodolfo , Brenda Del Carmen
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day


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