A loan of $1,175 helped a member increase working capital.

Barrio La Esperanza Group's story

Heidy Xiomara V. is a single mother who is 29 years old. She is in her second year of college. She has three children who are all in school. She sells clothing and has three years of experience doing this. She started as a traveling salesperson in her neighborhood. She dreams of having her own store, and this is why she decided to join with some friends to form a group to apply for loans which they will use for working capital. The members of this group have a variety of businesses such as: clothing sales, grilled meat sales, lotion sales, tortilla sales, and Mexican handicraft sales. They hope that with this loan they can improve their businesses, their revenues, and the quality of life for themselves and their families.

**Translator's note: The group's name is Barrio la Esperanza, which means Hope Neighborhood.

In this group: Heidy Xiomara, Mabel Hadee, Lilian Marleny, Blanca Yolanda, Marleny Hernestina, Maria Teresita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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