A loan of $450 helped a member to buy merchandise.

Barrio Loco Group's story

Clara Isabel García Z., 32, Claudia Verónica E. R., 34, and Carlos Antonio Hernández F., 27, are the members of “Barrio Loco” (Crazy Neighborhood) communal bank.

Clara, group Coordinator, sells AVON products and new and used clothing three days a week. She has a set route that she covers each time with small, one or two block detours, to get new customers. She just started half a year ago; she used to be a housewife but due to the economic situation she decided to find work in the free zone and was there for almost a year. This young 32-year-old gets help with her activities from her 15-year-old daughter. Her goal is to see her five children succeed.

Claudia sells ESKIMO products from home; she also sells perfumes that are sometimes ordered from her.

Carlos is a bricklayer and also sells ESKIMO products from home where he also sells meats.

These are three examples of tenacious people who seek different economic activities to attain a better quality of life for their respective homes.

In this group: Clara Isabel, Claudia Veronica, Carlos Antonio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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