A loan of $2,525 helped a member to buy stock items for her store.


El Pejamo Group's story

This group is called “El Penjamo.” They decided to name it this because that’s the name of the neighborhood they live in.

The story is about Nélida M. Ramírez since she’s the group representative. She’s a widow with four children: Beatriz, Uriel, Natividad and Betzaida. Three of them are in school: one is in 10th grade, another in 7th and the youngest is in second grade. The oldest is married. Nélida sells groceries.

She says that she went into this business because there aren’t too many people in her town in this business since it’s a pretty small place. Besides, it produces good profits. She will use the money she asked for to buy more stock items like: oil, sugar, soft drinks, water, noodles, milk, cookies, rice, beans, toilet paper and soap.

The goals Nélida has set for herself are to provide her children with quality education so that they will be able to study professional careers thus being able to forge better futures. She also wants to acquire a locale to stock it really well and improve and increase income.

She tells us that all her fellow members are responsible people, that they fulfill their obligations and enjoy their work very much to improve themselves and overcome any difficulty; they’ve known each other for a long time and she says that they are people who pay their installments. They do not like to disappoint the people who trust them.

In the name of herself and her family, Nélida thanks FARC and Kiva because thanks to them she will be able to change her life and the life of her children because now they’ll have a better education.

Nélida’s fellow members are Verónica, María, Fulgencia, Antonia, Ana, Elisandra, Orfedelia, Elsa and Aracely who carry out various activities like: clothing sales, groceries, sale of food, corn, meat, tamales, fruit and vegetables.

In this group: Veronica Rocio, Maria, Fulgencia, Antonia, Ana, Elisandra, Orfedelia*, Elsa, Araceli, Nelida
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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