A loan of $1,525 helped a member buy flour, sugar, eggs, firewood, etc.

Senda De Amor Group's story

Maria Concepcion is 43 years old. She is a single mother and has three daughters and one son. She lives in the San Nicolas village and is a member and coordinator of the Senda de Amor (Path of Love) Community Bank. Mrs. Maria started by selling nacatamales and used clothing, and for the past few years works making and selling rosquillas and quesadillas. She gets up very early in the morning to start her day's work. Two of her daughters help her mix the ingredients while she prepares the oven. Once the products are done baking, one of her daughters helps her deliver them. Through the sales of her products she is able to make a good living, but when it rains a lot she is not as successful because the firewood gets wet and the bread does not bake well and then gets overbaked. She learned this business by watching others do it and they also helped her practice. She needs this loan to buy supplies like flour, sugar, eggs, soda, firewood, etc. With the products she sells she will continue to support her family and also save a little for any emergency that may come up. She dreams of supporting her daughters so that each one has her own business and can earn an honest living.

FAMA currently provides its clients with courses in baking and pastries and Mrs. Maria and her other group members have learned from these courses. For this reason she will introduce more products to her business, such as cakes and other types of bread.

In this group: Maria Concepcion , Rosa Danubia, Irma Eloidina , Lidia Esperanza, Edy Isolina, Martha Cristina , Aura Noe , Paula Josefa , Ramon Abel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Meinecke

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