A loan of $575 helped a member to stock basic grains, meat, etc.

Las Chavalas Group's story

The "Las Chavalas" solidarity group is made up of three young, enterprising women who engage in distinct economic activities but share a common dream of getting ahead through their businesses. Estela G. G., the group coordinator, sells used clothing on foot in Nindirí and surrounding communities. Six years ago, she had a small grocery store, but she could not continue taking care of that business, as her husband works in Costa Rica and brought four of their children with him. Estela is responsible for the two youngest. Her dream is for her family to be together and prosperous.

María works buying and selling fruits. She buys wholesale and sells retail, as an itinerant vendor. This is how she has managed to succeed. Finally, Reyna has a tortilla factory in her home. For the last year, she has also managed to sell pinol and pinolillo [a sweet cornmeal and cacao-based traditional drink] on order from her home.

In this group: Estela, María De Los Ángeles, Reyna Rebeca

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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