A loan of $3,350 helped a member to buy ham, breaded steaks and sausage to make sandwiches.

El Cisne Group's story

In the community of Emilio Portes Gil, we find a group called "El Cisne", which has 11 members. The community is large and has a lot of services, and everyone has access to health care and education. There are many professionals and students, and the group members are merchants.

From the group, the only person who has a grocery store is Ms. Hermelinda, who tells us the following:
"I have a grocery store and also recently began to sell sandwiches outsiD. of my shop to have more to offer, and it's going better. For this reason, I asked for a loan to be able to buy all that I need to make the sandwiches, for example the breaded fried steaks, sausages and ham, which is what sells the best. Low sales make me discouraged and that's when I wonder if the business is really good for me. It's hard when I see that nothing in the store is selling. I work very hard and look for income opportunities because I want my kids to study and to have a better future than mine. I hope that my customers like the sandwiches so that they keep buying them and bring me more customers. With what I earn, I want to invest in merchandise and then help my husband with the education of our kids. I have four children, 3 already in school. I have my own home and my husband is a masonry teacher. I'm 36 years old and have been married for 25 years."

The other members of the group are: Maria Eva, Maria Lorenza, Amelia, Alicia, Elia, Manuel, Luisa, Elvia, LuciL. and Carolina.

In this group: Maria Eva, Maria Lorenza, Amelia, Alicia, Elia , Manuel, Luisa , Elvia , Hermelinda, Lucila , Carolina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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