A loan of $2,175 helped a member to buy stock items for her grocery store like: sugar, beans, cooking oil, rice, etc.

Las Soñadoras Group's story

Mrs. Elda Cerón U. lives in Tecpata, Chiapas, México. She is happily married and has two sons that are studying (José Alfredo, 11, and Martin, 9). Both want to be elementary school P.E. teachers.

She has a grocery store that she started 8 months ago to earn family income to help them get ahead. Her husband, Martin Alfredo, works as a taxi driver and together they share family expenses.

What motivated her to start this business is that she too wanted to contribute to her family’s support and use her time well. She earns funds to pay university costs because she is studying in the university and she doesn’t want to depend on anyone else.

She uses profits from her store to buy more merchandise so that her customers can find everything they are looking for and will feel satisfied with the purchases they make.

Elda’s dream is to save so that she can expand her store still more in order to give the best to her children and be able to finish her career which is what she’s most wanted since she was very young and she wants to accomplish to have a better job.

She joined the “Las Soñadoras” (The Dreamers) group when her neighbor, Rosario, invited her to participate in the loan since she has a grocery store and can manage it. They decided on this group name because their dream is to reach the goal they have set for themselves.

The group is called “Las Soñadoras” and it has six members:

María Ofelia A. M., who will use the loan to buy crates of chickens to sell both roasted and butchered.

Martha Álvarez M., who will use the loan to buy ingredients, like meats and vegetables, for meal preparation.

Rosario del Carmen Martínez Cerón, who will use the loan to buy beauty supplies like: dyes, hair treatments and bleaches.

Olga Marín C., who will use the loan to buy merchandise to stock her grocery store.

Glafira Benavente Hernández, who will use the loan to buy ingredients to bake bread like, flour, eggs, cheese, cooking oil, etc.

Elda Cerón U., who will use the loan to buy merchandise to stock her grocery store like, beans, cooking oil, noodles, tuna, sardines, etc.

In this group: Maria Ofelia, Martha, Rosario Del Carmen, Olga*, Glafira, Elda
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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