A loan of $2,500 helped a member to buy children's underwear (underpants and socks).

La Loma Group's story

The following group is called "L. Loma" (HillsiD.) and is located in Palmillas community, in San Felipe del Progreso. The community currently has access to all public services but, in the past, it didn't. However, it has gradually grown over time and the inhabitants now have access to public services and cement structures. The people and their customs are the only things that haven't changed.

Some of the people in the community work raising animals and others work in commerce. All of the children have easy access to education so that they can enjoy a better future. They are all studying and their parents are more concerned about them getting an education than they were in the past.

There are 8 members in the "L. Loma" group: 6 women and 2 men. They gave their group the name "L. Loma" because they are all close neighbors and they live on the same hillsiD.. All of the group's members are engaged in commerce and sell different products. Their names are as follows:
1.-Jilia C. R. - 52 years old
2.-MarceL. G. L. - 36 years old
3.-Belem L. D. L. L. - 28 years old
4.-Bertha C. T. - 28 years old
5.-Maria Andrea R. C. - 21 years old
6.-Margarita D. L. C. F. - 30 years old
7.-Roberto H. C. - 34 years old
8.-Ruben G. R. - 22 years old

The leader of this group is Bertha. She is 28 years old and has been married for 9 years. She lives with her husband in her own home. She has two daughters who are in elementary school. Bertha's husband works in a market in the center of San Felipe, selling fruit and vegetables. In order to help her husband, Bertha sells children's clothes and children's underwear (underpants and socks). She sells her products in her own community of Palmillas. She sets up outsiD. her daughters' school, laying down a cloth on the ground so that she can set out her merchandise and start making her sales.

Bertha tells us that the most difficult part of her work is that she has to proviD. her clothes on credit because people tell her that they don't have enough money to pay her straight away. For this reason, she sells her products and collects payment in instalments so that she is able to make her sales. She uses the small amount of money that she makes (she tells us that it isn't much) to help her husband pay for food for their daughters, so that they have something to take to school for breakfast and so that they can eat well when they get home. One of Bertha's goals is to acquire business premises in the center of town where she can better sell her clothes and she would also like to improve her financial situation. Bertha would like, over time, for her business to do better and she would like to find her own business premises.

In this group: Julia, Marcela, Belem*, Bertha , Maria Andrea, Margarita, Roberto , Rubén
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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