A loan of $2,875 helped a member to buy tomatoes, assorted chilies, onion, garlic, salt, potatoes, carrots, etc.

Violetas Group's story

This group is called “Violetas 1” (Violets I). They decided to name it thus because that’s the name of the granddaughter of the lady whose house they have their meetings in.

This story is about Virginia Inés R. M. who is the group representative. She is 52 years old, a single mother of three children two of whom are already married. The youngest is 17 and in high school. Virginia Inés is a candy vendor at an elementary school near her house and she also sells candy at her house.

She chose this activity because being a single mother she had to find a way to support her children so she began with this small business. The loan she got allowed her to invest in another small business: fast food sales. Now, she has to buy the ingredients she needs to prepare them like: tomatoes, assorted chilies, onion, garlic, salt, potatoes, carrots, etc.

Her business is being very useful because she’s using the profits earned to buy school supplies, school uniforms and shoes for her son as well as some personal use items.

Her store is of great benefit to the children in the school because they don’t have to go outside the school yard to buy what they need so they are protected from any danger besides she sells them her sweets at a very good price.

Virginia tells us that her goal for the future is that her business grow so that she can earn enough to pay for her son’s higher education because she wants him to continue going to school so that he will have a career and a very good profession.

She knows her fellow group members very well and tells us that they are all responsible, hard working, trustworthy people who want to improve themselves and get ahead in life.

She is thankful for the help from Kiva, for the trust they have placed in her and for the opportunity she has been given but most of all for believing in her because thanks to the help she got she was able to invest in her business and thus have a better future.

The other group members and their activities are:
Ana María Ariza M.-pastries
Cristina virginia G.-cafeteria
Alma Rosa Téllez R.-bookstore
Inés Lourdes A. R.-candy shop
Mayran Nallely E. C.-bookstore
Lissie Lucely E. C.-perfume shop
Marina C. Méndez-snacks
Sofía O. L.-electronics
Zulma R. Rodríguez-soft drink warehouse

In this group: Zulma, Cristina Virgini, Virginia Ines, Alma Rosa, Ines Lourdes, Mayran Nallely, Lissie Lucely, Marina, Sofia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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