A loan of $2,775 helped a member to invest in a grocery store and to pay suppliers (Bimbo, Coca-cola, Marinela, etc.).

Plata Group's story

The following group is called "Plata" [Silver], and is located in the Cedro D. la Manzana community. There are very few people in this community, which is along the road. The people there raise animals and fatten them up to sell, which is about the only source of income there is. The Plata group raise animals and have businesses. The people with businesses have small stores that sell cookies, breads, sodas, some sweets and other items - usually products that are used a lot in the countrysiD..

The group members call themselves Plata because silver is a very abundant metal and not so coveted, besides which it is found all over the world and is very beautiful. The names of the 9 members are:
1.-Silvia M. G., 26 years old
2.-Maria D. la Luz A. S., 33
3.-Marcelina Camila H., 54 years old
4.-Maria del Socorro C. R., 43
5.-Jose Vicente S., 78
6.-Ma Agustina G. C., 68 years old
7.-Gabriela R. D. Jesús, 30
8.-Ana Lizbeth B. G., 19
9.-Maria Guadalupe A. C., 33 years old

The nine members are very hardworking people, half of whom want the loan to invest in raising animals and the others for their grocery stores, which are small but which they want to expand, increasing merchandise and thereby income.

Doña Silvia is in charge of the group. She has a small general store in her grandfather's house, selling sodas, bread and sweets. She wants to buy more products so that her store does better and her situation improves over time. Doña Silvia is a single mother of 2 children who are in primary school, and she lives with her grandfather in his house. With the earnings from her business she wants to little by little enlarge the space for her store. She also dreams of having her own house to live in with her children - she doesn't ask much, just two rooms or so to live better and have her business as well. Doña Silvia tells us that the loan will help her a great deal; with this investment she will be able to start improving her situation little by little.

In this group: Silvia, Maria De La Luz, Marcelina, Maria Del Socorro, Jose Vicente, Ma Agustina, Gabriela, Ana Lizbeth, Maria Guadalupe

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Melbourne

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