A loan of $1,600 helped a member bUYING MILK PRODUCTS, GROCERIES, INCLUDING MEAT AND VEGETABLES, AND BASIC NECESSETIES TO MAKE AND SELL GOODS SUCH AS SWEETS AND TORTILLAS.


El Puente Group's story

The El Puente (The Bridge) Group is composed of 4 very hard-working women with much desire to advance their businesses and their families. Details concerning their different activities follow:

Gloria sells sweets from her store, located in her home. She has done this for more than 2 years. The business generates income and she has a very reliable clientèle, since she is at a strategic location, on one of the most frequented routes of the municipality of Las Trojes. Gloria is the mother of 2 school-age children who study at the local primary school. Her husband raises cattle and the zone is very apt for that activity. In this form, they mutually contribute to the home. Gloria's loan will be used to buy primary materials to make her sweets and thus, to satisfy client demands.

Reina is a merchant, selling milk products for more than a year from her store, located in her home. She sells both wholesale and retail. Generally, Saturdays are the best day for sales. She buys her milk products from vendors who come from dairies in this sector that will generate her greatest profits. Reina's loan will be used to buy more products, since she lacks sufficient capital to satisfy customer demand. Her loan will be used to buy merchandise for her general store.

Dilcia is a merchant with a general store that sells ice cream (in cones), located in her home in Barrio El Jazmín, municipality of Las Trojes, for more than 8 years. Concerning selling ice cream cones, her husband also distributes them on foot in different neighborhoods and towns around the municipality in this form. Dilcia and her husband help each other in order to satisfy family obligations and comply with their obligations.

Iris makes and sells tortillas, and has done this for more than 3 years. The majority of her production is by contract, which permits her to have clients year-round. In this manner, she contributes, along with her husband, to household expenses. Her husband is a bricklayer. With the income they earn through these activities they mutually contribute. Iris' loan will be utilized to buy firewood, corn, lime, and water.

In this group: Gloria Alejandrina, Reina Isabel , Dilcia Marina, Iris Jackeline

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD



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