A loan of $800 helped a member to buy firewood, corn, water, lime and underwear.

Luz Y Vida Group's story

The Luz y Vida (Light and Life) group is made up of three women who live in the 17 de septiembre residential development in San Lorenzo Valle. They have known each other for some time. They all own their own homes and live humbly. They are hard-working women and practically live alone with their families. They support and educate their children and get them ahead in life through their efforts and commitment. We will now provide details of the different business activities that they carry out:

Suyapa C. has five children who depend solely on her. Her business is making and selling tortillas. She has been in this business for four years and makes her sales in the old market in San Lorenzo. She makes her tortillas over two shifts: the first up until 11.00am and the second up until 3.00pm. Her first lot of tortillas are for lunch and the second lot are for dinner. She has the help of one of her daughters in selling the tortillas. She will use her loan to buy supplies that she needs to make her tortillas.

Magdalena C. is 62 years old and a single mother. However, she doesn't have any children who depend on her as all her children are grown up and have their own families. Magdalena makes and sells tortillas. She will use her loan to buy supplies for making her tortillas. She sells her products in San Lorenzo market.

Sandra Suyapa P. is 32 years old, married, and has two children. She sells underwear. Sandra makes her sales in several places in the city of San Lorenzo. She travels to the city of Tegucigalpa to buy her merchandise as the underwear is cheaper there and also better quality. She will use her loan to buy underwear.

In this group: Suyapa, Sandra Suyapa, Magdalena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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