A loan of $625 helped a member to buy melons, oranges, bananas, watermelon and mangos, etc.

G.s. Getsemani Group's story

Mrs. Francisca sells fruits and vegetables at her stand in the market. The loan she is requesting is to buy melons, oranges, bananas, watermelons and mangos, etc. Her greatest challenge is when the harvest season has concluded and products become expensive, making it necessary to work with loans. She says she does not have much competition because she buys her merchandise before the harvest. Teresa is 63 and although she does have competition she sells directly to the customer so her sales volume is satisfactory. Mrs. Blanca is 54 and her husband works as a security guard. They have two children. They are now better off because her husband is working. Her goal for the future is to gradually make home improvements with her earnings and loans. She will continue investing in merchandise to sell for a profit. Julissa is a new member of the group. She is 27, married and has two children, ages 4 and 9. Her greatest challenge is that both spouses work so she has to leave the children with a babysitter, and she worries about their education. She feels a business can be successful as long as it is managed by the owners, in this case by her or her husband. Her goal is to grow her business through the loans so she can build her own house one day.

In this group: Francisca Enterma, Teresa Del Carmen, Blanca Lilliam, Julissa Mercedes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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