A loan of $2,625 helped a member to buy supplies for making backpacks.

Cristo El Salvador Group's story

Ana María is a born entrepreneur and has charisma which makes her easy to get on with. For this reason, the members of her group chose her as their group president. She belongs to the "Cristo el Salvador" (Christ the Savior) community bank and it was Ana María herself who suggested the group's name because she is a believer.

Ana María's business is making backpacks and suitcases for men and women. She has several workers who make it possible to complete all her orders. Initially, Ana María sold backpacks in a shopping mall. There she met her husband who made backpack frames and that was how the idea came about. Ana María was a seamstress with a great ability for making sales. Her husband would make the frames and she would make the backpacks. It was a joint idea and a very profitable one. Ana María and her husband are very well known in their area as "the couple that makes backpacks".

Ana María has a dream which is to open her own store where she can sell her own brands and expand into another type of production.

In this group: Ana Maria, Juan Vicente, Luxi Merqui, Eugenia, Emma, Dora Daria, Rosa Melvi

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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