A loan of $3,250 helped a member to invest in buying more sweet treats, soft drinks, water and juice.

El Pinito Group's story

This group is called 'El Pinito' (The Little Pine Tree). The members gave the group this name because there is a small pine tree in the place where they meet. This story is about Irma who is the group's representative. She is 40 years old, married, and has four children: Esteban, Mariela, Mariano and Abigail. Only two of her children are studying. One is in his first year of a law degree and her youngest is in her second year of high school. The two eldest children are already married. Irma has owned a grocery store for 11 years.

Irma tells us that she decided to start out in this business because she wanted a way to support her children and provide them with a better quality of life. In addition, this business allows her to attend to her children and not neglect them. She is also able to support her husband with their household expenses. Irma used the loan that she requested to invest in buying more sweet treats, soft drinks, water and juice for this hot season which is unbearable.

Irma's goal is to provide her children with an excellent quality of life. She would also like to grow her business a lot more. She is thinking of building premises in order to set up a grocery store so that she can offer her customers a wider range of products in order to improve and increase her profits.

Irma says that all her fellow group members are responsible people who meet their obligations and really enjoy working in order to improve themselves and get ahead even when faced with difficulties.

Irma gives thanks to Fundación Realidad and Kiva on behalf of herself and her family. Thanks to them, she will be able to improve her own life and that of her family. They will now have an excellent quality of life and financial solvency.

The members of the "El Pinito" group and the businesses that they are engaged in are as follows:
Áraceli - chicken sales
Juljencia - clothes sales
Clementina - cosmetics sales
Aristea - selling tamales
Jeronima - clothes sales
María - selling sewing supplies
Adilene - selling sweet potatoes
Priciliana - selling sweet potatoes
Irma - selling sweet treats
Juana - selling bread
Rogaciana - selling bread
Felicitas - selling tamales

In this group: Araceli, Juljencia, Clementina, Aristea, Geronima, Maria, Adilene*, Prisciliana, Irma, Juana, Rogaciana*, Felicitas
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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