A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy more supplies such as flour, sugar, oil, cornstarch, milk, eggs and firewood.

El Tanque Group's story

This group is called 'El Tanque' (The Tank). The members of the group decided to give it this name because it is the name of the district where they live. Their district has this name because there is a water tank there.

This story is about Maricela Hernández S. who is 27 years old and married. Her husband is called Juan Carlos Bibiano and he is a construction worker. They have four children: Juan Carlos, Alexander, Betzy and Jacqueline. Only three of their children are in school. Their eldest (son) is in his fifth year of elementary school, their second (son) is in his first year of elementary school and their youngest son is in his second year of pre-school. Their youngest child (a daughter) is only one year old.

Maricela has been selling donuts and empanadas for 5 years. She decided to start this business because she says that she was looking for a way to improve her own quality of life and that of her family. She also wanted to provide her children with a very good education and support her husband with their household expenses since there are occasions when he doesn't have work.

Maricela invested her loan in buying more supplies such as flour, sugar, oil, cornstarch, milk, eggs and firewood so that she could continue making her snacks. Maricela's dream is to build an oven in her home so that she can continue with her sales since she currently has to go to her aunt's home to make her donuts and empanadas. She would also like, in the future, to build premises to set up a bakery so that she can have her business much better stocked and make more income and better income. With this income she will be able to continue supporting her children in their studies so that they can have a very good professional career.

Maricela is very grateful to Fundación Realidad and Kiva for the support of this loan that they have offered her since, thanks to the loan, her business will start to improve a lot and her own life, and that of her family, will also change.

The members of the El Tanque group and their businesses are as follows:
Ruth - selling perfume; María Elena - selling clothes; Maricela - selling donuts and empanadas; Rogelia - selling tamales; María Ruth - selling clothes; Josefa - selling sewing supplies; Marilú - selling soft drinks; Rogaciana - selling fruit; María Juana - selling corn on the cob and Guadalupe - selling snacks.

In this group: Ruth, Maria Elena, Maricela, Rogelia, Maria Ruth, Josefa, Marilu, Rogaciana, Maria Juana, Guadalupe Cristal
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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