A loan of $3,325 helped a member to add merchandise to diversify her sales.

Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe Group's story

Edith Betty R. D. M. is 43 years old. She is married and has 2 children. She is the treasurer of the “Nuestra Señora D. Guadalupe” (Our Lady of Guadalupe) community bank. In the photo Edith is the lady wearing green pants and brown sweater. She is sitting down on the far right.

Edith started her business 7 years ago. She never thought about becoming a saleswoman since her husband was a policeman and they managed with just his wage. However, Edith started her business because her daughters were beginning their secondary education and she needed to extend and continue building their home since they lived in a rented house.

It was difficult for Edith to start out as a saleswoman since she had never worked before. First she started selling clothes and cosmetics in her home but every holiday season she decided to change her business direction according to the season. During the back-to-school season she sells school materials itinerantly and during the Christmas period she sells panettones, champagne and canned foods. However, she still works in her clothes sales business since it provides a weekly income.

Edith currently needs to work more since her husband is off work sick for 6 months as he fractured his knee. Owing to the accident, he is no longer bringing in as much money as he used to. Now Edith's strength to keep going comes from the need to continue educating her daughters so that they become professionals and the need to be able to offer them a better home, acquiring more things they need. Her husband is currently helping her to look after their daughters and she can now go out to work while he gets better.

Edith's loan will be used to extend her sales line this Christmas, adding to her sales of panettones by buying champagne and canned food.

In this group: Edith Betty, Celedonia, Julia, Carmen Mercedes, Veronica Liz, Sara Rosario, Rosa Elvira, Cecilia Lucila*, Mirtha Elizabeth, Jose Luis
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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