A loan of $3,500 helped a member to make bread.

La Cabañita Group's story

Blanca is a member of the “La Cabañita” group. The members gave the group this name because the place where the group meets is in a cabin belonging to one of the members.

Blanca is 36 years old and married to Faustino. They have three children: a young girl of 17 who is in senior high school and two younger children who are in high school. Blanca's business is a bakery which supplies several businesses in her community. She also goes out to sell her products with her children in their neighborhood in the afternoons. She has owned this business for approximately ten years. She tells us that her husband's family taught her how to make the different types and flavors of bread such as 'conchas de chocolate' ("chocolate shells" - chocolate flavored bread that is often dipped in hot drinks), 'cuernitos' ("little horns" - croissants), 'borrachitos' ("little drunken ones" - a sweet treat soaked with alcohol), 'espejos' ("mirrors" - large, glazed cookies), 'hojaldras' (dough fritters), etc. She says that she starts making her bread very early in the morning, at 4.00am, so that she can get it out of the oven and start selling it very early. In the afternoon she makes another batch at 4.00pm to sell in the evening.

Blanca is requesting a loan from our financial institution to buy flour, vegetable shortening, eggs, milk, sugar, salt, etc. She tells us that, thanks to the loans that she has received, her business has gradually improved as she didn't used to make much bread owing to a lack of ingredients. Now she and her husband go out and sell their products in other towns in a small van.

The other members of this group are Consuelo, Leticia, María del Rosario, Florentina, Maribel, Tomasa, Marisela, Martha, Isabel, Liliana, Reynalda, Sofía and Gabriela. They will all invest their loans in different businesses such as a silk screen printing workshop, a grocery store, selling sheets, bedspreads and footwear through catalogs, selling cosmetics, a fruit and veg stall, selling costume jewelry, a garage, a bakery, a poultry store, etc.

In this group: Consuelo, Leticia, Ma Del Rosario, Florentina, Maribel, Tomasa, Blanca Estela, Maricela, Martha, Isabel, Liliana, Reynalda, Sofia, Gabriela

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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