A loan of $3,100 helped a member purchase of more merchandise such as sugar, cookies, soft drinks, eggs, milk, oil and soap in order to have a better-stocked store.

El Limoncito Group's story

This group is called “El Limoncito” and is located in the town of Tecoanapa. The group's members decided to take this name because it is the name of the community where they live and they all originally come from there. This story is about Mrs Odilia M. R. who is one of the group's members. She is 48 years old and married. Her husband is called Emigdio Tacuba. They have two children; Isela who is 22 and Abel who is 19. Both of their children are studying. One is in their second year of a law degree and the other is in the third year of senior high school. Odilia has a grocery store which she has been running for 10 years.

Odilia decided on this business because she says there is a lot of demand and it makes good profits. She also wanted to help her husband a bit with household expenses and the education of their children. She will use her loan to purchase more merchandise for her shop such as rice, beans, milk, sugar, soft drinks, eggs, oil, toilet paper and other products so that it is well stocked.

Odilia says that her business also benefits her neighbors a lot as there are not many people who have stores near where they live so, as she is the only one who sells there and is close by, they all buy from her. She offers her customers excellent service and attentiveness as well as reasonable prices.

Odilia's dream is to extend her house so that she can make her store a little bigger and thereby have a much better stocked store so that she can obtain more and better profits. This will enable her to continue supporting her children with their higher education so that they can get into very good professions.

Odilia tells us that the members of her group are very responsible and reliable payers since they have known each other for a long time and they get on very well together. This is why they have never been late in their payments or missed any payments. They do not want to let down the company that has shown trust in them.

Odilia is very thankful to Fundación Realidad and Kiva for the support of the loan which they are offering. Thanks to the loan she is able to improve her life and that of her family.

The members of 'El Limoncito' and the businesses which they work in are as follows:

Clara B. R. – fish selling
Honorina G. S. – butcher's shop
Leonor C. R. – seed sales
Odilia M. R. – grocery store
Eloisa C. R. – perfume sales
Suplicia B. L. – seed sales
María de Lourdes L. R. – butcher's shop
Marcelina R. G. – seed sales
Miriam S. R. – shoe sales
Elideth V. B. – seed sales
Luciana R. M. – fruit and vegetable sales

In this group: Clara, Honorina, Leonor, Odilia, Eloisa, Sulpicia, Maria De Lourdes, Marcelina, Miriam, Elideth, Luciana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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