A loan of $1,825 helped a member basic grains.

Mi Barquito Group's story

The “Mi Barquito” (My Little Boat) group is comprised of María Luisa L. M., Rosa Emilia L., María Auxiliadora Rivas, Engracia M. Reyes, and Vilma C. Bonilla. They are five dedicated and hard-working women.

Mrs. L. M., age 36, is the coordinator of the group. She has had a small grocery store for four years, and she wishes to convert it to a general store. She started out selling sandals and shoes in order to get her three children ahead. Her children are 6, 9, and 12 years old, and they start classes soon.

Rosa L., age 32, has been selling cosmetics and shoes for three years. María Rivas sells Avon products in order to have an extra income in addition to her work. Engracia M. sells cosmetics and clothes. Vilma C. makes “nacatamales”, a typical dish made from pork. She also makes ices and ice cream.

In this group: María, María, Rosa, Vilma, Engracia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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