A loan of $600 helped a member to buy silver jewelry, rice, beans, sugar, lard, oil, coffee, bread, cookies, snacks, soft drinks, pasta, soup, spaghetti, cereal, oatmeal, soap, sweets, candles, batteries, matches.

La Amistad Group's story

The “La Amistad” (Friendship) group is composed of three united, very hard working women living in the city of Danli’s Abajo neighborhood. Following are details of each of their activities:

Mrs. Karla Judith A. is a merchant selling silver Jewelry, an activity she’s been in for three years. She sells her items door to door in various firms like cigar factories and some private and public offices. Most of the sales are on credit so she dedicates one day a week to collection of payments. Karla has a large customer base because her jewels are of very good quality, she has a wide selection and payment plans for her customers. Karla is a single mother of a beautiful girl who is currently a student teacher at a local elementary school; all this thanks to Karla’s efforts to get ahead with her daughter.

Mrs. Dominga C. P. is a merchant selling primarily groceries in a grocery store she operates called “La Bendición.” She’s been in business for over a year and it’s noteworthy that during this time she’s known how to run it well; her store is well stocked and her living conditions look promising. Mrs. Minga, as she’s better known in the neighborhood, has a large customer base because her business is located in an area with workshops and other businesses so there is a lot of foot traffic. She is in a common law relationship and has two children the oldest of whom is totally independent and the younger is in a local elementary school.

Mrs. Delfina Antonia C. is a merchant selling groceries in a store she runs called “Rocío.” She has five years experience running it. Delfina has a large customer base because of the strategic location of her store. Delfina is a widow and mother of three children who are adults and completely independent. She will use the loan to buy merchandise to stock her store.

In this group: Karla Judith, Dominga, Delfina Antonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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