A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy more clothes such as blouses, T-shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, shorts, shirts and underwear.

Las Perlitas Group's story

This group is called Las Perlitas (The Little Pearls). The members of the group decided on this name as the majority of the group are women and they consider themselves to be beautiful pearls.

This story is about Señora Lina, as she is the representative of the group. She is 43 years old, and is married to Señor Amadeo with whom she has 4 children; Edmundo, Analia, Ariel and Pablo. Only 3 of them are at school as her oldest child is married. Her eldest daughter is in her first year at secondary school, and two others are in the fifth and sixth years of primary school. Lina works selling clothes, which she has been doing for over 7 years.

Doña Lina decided on this business as she says there is much demand and it generates very good earnings for her. In addition, she wanted to find a way to advance her children in order to give them a good quality of life. She will invest her loan in buying more clothes such as blouses, T-shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, shorts, shirts and underwear, so she can offer a better assortment.

Doña Lina's dream, that she hopes someday to be able to accomplish, is to expand her place a little more and have it very well stocked; this is her greatest desire. She also dreams of being able to improve and increase her earnings, and so continue to support her children with their studies and secure their future.

She tells us that the members of her group are very responsible, hardworking and punctual; they have taken the time to get to know each other, and they get along very well as they all live in the same community.

She is very grateful to Fundación Realidad and to Kiva for the support of the loan that has been granted to her, and thanks to this loan her business is greatly improving.

The other colleagues of Doña Lina are: Elizabeth, Francisca, Minerva, Edmundo, Sandra, Idalia, Emiliana, Norma and Arlette, who engage in various activities such as selling fruit, wood, chickens, food, clothing, candy, shoes, tamales and some groceries.

In this group: Elizabeth, Francisca, Minerva, Edmundo*, Sandra, Lina, Idalia, Emiliana, Norma Elena, Arlette Ivanna

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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