A loan of $4,700 helped a member to buy fruit and vegetables such as apples, bananas, chilis, onions, tomatoes, etc.

Rio Grande La Cruz Group's story

This group is called 'Río Grande la C.' because most of the members live in La C. district. This group has 14 members who all work in different business activities to support their families.

The members of this group are: Norma (who sells soft drinks); Eva and Bernarda (who sell fish); Lucia, Cecilia, Maribel and Eufemia (who sell snacks); Estefana (who sells cheese); Teresa (who sells fruit and vegetables); Paula (who sells Herbalife products); Obdulia (who has a dressmaking workshop); Rosa (who sells perfume); Lucia (who sells chilis and seeds) and Claudia (who sells clothes).

Teresa is one of the group's members. She is 47 years old, married to Juan who works in agriculture, and has two children. One of her children already works and the other is studying for his high school diploma.

Lucia has a small fruit and vegetable business in her home. She also sells soft drinks. She requested this loan to buy more products such as tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, chilis, apples, bananas, etc.

Lucia has been in her business for eight years. She started out in her business because she needed to be able to provide her daughter with a profession. Her daughter was moving somewhere else and was going to need money. She says that she started out with a small amount of merchandise but, over time, she gained customers and her sales have improved a little. It is the only business in her district.

Lucia's business is very important to her since it enabled her to fulfil her dream of her daughter studying for a degree. Now her daughter is working and helps her a little financially. Her business continues to be very important because she also wants her son to study for a degree and she hopes to be able to help him achieve this. Her goal is to own her own premises where she can sell her products and she will achieve this through her effort and commitment. The members of this group are very grateful for the support of this loan since it will enable them to invest in their businesses.

In this group: Norma Basilisia, Eva *, Lucia , Estefana, Teresa, Cecilia, Maribel, Eufemia, Paula, Obdulia, Rosa Maria*, Lucia Cristina, Bernarda, Claudia Elided

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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