A loan helped a member purchase sewing supplies.

Esfuerzo Gracias A Dios Group's story

The solidarity group “Esfuerzo Gracias a Dios” consists of Arcadia Gertrudis T. C., María Auxiliadora Bermúdez Martínez, Marlin Ivonne R. T., and Coralia del Socorro P.. These four hardworking and strong women have different business activities, but they share the same dream of getting ahead.

Arcadia, the group coordinator, is the most experienced of the four ladies and earns a living by making and selling clothing (trousers, blouses, and other items). She started her business 30 years ago working as an independent seamstress, taking small sewing jobs. Now she receives orders from the market and specific individuals, and as a general rule, delivers her products every Friday.

As for the other members, María Auxiliadora sells candy as a street merchant. Marlin is a seamstress who makes handmade garments. Coralia has a shop in her house where she sells soft drinks, ice, ice cream, and other products.

In this group: Arcadia Gertrudis, Maria Auxiliadora, Marlin Ivone, Coralia Del Socorro

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica.

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