A loan of $1,350 helped a member to buy a variety of groceries.

La Orquidia Group's story

Alba Alejandrina is known for being quiet and kind, and fortunately, up to now she has not suffered from any illness. She is 42, a small business owner, married, with 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lives in the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood, in the Danli municipality.

She has sold groceries for 25 years, and started with a little money her husband gave her as a birthday present. Her general store is called "Elsa" and is set up in her home. Her hours of business start at 6:00am and end at 9:00pm. She learned to manage it herself, and to deal with her suppliers from daily experience. Alba also sells a small amount of cuajada (white cheese similar to ricotta) and candy, so at night her children take turns minding the store, and Alba makes and sells the candy.

She needs the loan she is applying for to buy shortening, brooms, brushes, sugar, coffee, soft drinks, rice, beans, pasta, churros (fried-dough snack), cooking oil, meats, cold cuts, condiments and other products used daily by families. With the help of this loan, she will be able to stock her general store with a variety of products and her customers will be pleased to find the things they need. As well, this will allow her to stand out from the rest of the general stores, because there are a lot of them in her neighborhood.

Her goal is to keep her business thriving and growing in order to have a continuing source of income, and to help her husband to support their family. Alba has had loans on 10 occasions, and has made her payments on time. As well, this has allowed her to expand her business premises.

Her fellow group members have different businesses, such as the sale of meals, second-hand clothing, accessories for women, and school supplies.

In this group: Alba Alejandrina , Alba Liliana , Adela Del Carmen , Carolina Marlen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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