A loan of $4,025 helped a member for bedspreads, sheets, drapes and tablecloths.

Las Dos Palmitas Group's story

This group is called “Las Dos Palmitas” (The Two Little Palm Trees) because there are two coconut palm trees in the front yard of one of its members; this is why they chose this name.

The following story is about Mrs. Tomasa L. O. since she is one of the group leaders. She is 38 years old, married and has three children. One child is in high school, one in middle school and the youngest is in elementary school. Tomasa sells bedspreads, tablecloths and sometimes tarps. She says that the loan she’ll get will be used to buy more bedspreads, sheets, drapes and tablecloths to continue with her business.

She decided to go into this line of work because one of her girlfriends recommended it because she said good profits can be made and because she wanted to find a way to help her husband meet household expenses and pay for their children’s education.

She is very happy because she says she is doing very well with her business because her sales have increased much. She now has more customers than she had before thanks to the good service and treatment she provides, aside from the excellent prices. This is why her income has increased notably.

Tomasa says that she’s never failed to make her repayments on time. Neither have her fellow members because they are all responsible, punctual women but above all, very hard working. They have known each other for a long time and this is their 3rd loan with FRAC. They trust each other and don’t want to disappoint those people that support them and believe in them.

She is very grateful to Fundación Realidad and the donors because without their help she would have not accomplished all she has so far like improving her quality of life and that of her family as well as being able to continue with her business and continue to invest in it.

Tomasa’s goal is to have her business grow and prosper even more than it has to date. She wants to build a locale to install her linens shop so that she doesn’t have to continue to sell door-to-door. She also wants to continue to support her children’s education so that they may complete higher education and have a good profession.

The group members and their activities are as follows:

Tomasa L. O.-bedspread sales
Bonfilia H. M.-fast food sales
Julia H. S.-bedspread and comforter sales
Fernanda Anabel A. O.-clothing sales
Cristina R. R.-catalogue cosmetics sales
Elizabeth H. B.- bedspread and comforter sales
Iris Humberta G. P.-grocery store
Balvina D. S.-groceries
Hidaid M. N.-prepared food sales
Nayeli M. N.-clothing sales
María Elena B. M.-power tool repair shop
Hermelinda Ana R. R.-prepared food sales

In this group: Tomasa, Bonfilia, Julia, Fernanda Anabel, Cristina, Elizabeth, Iris Humberta, Balvina, Hidaid, Nayeli, María Elena, Hermelinda Ana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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