A loan of $2,800 helped a member to sell groceries.

Guadalupe De Reyes Group's story

Señor Joel is 59. He did not have the chance to study. He is married to Señora Celia, a housewife, and they have one daughter and one granddaughter. Joel lives in a sugarcane zone.

Joel tells us that he decided to start his own grocery store business seven years ago because he saw the need to get his family ahead. This is even more important now that he has a granddaughter, whom he cares for as if she were his own daughter. He also tells us that even though he has a problem with one leg, he hasn't given up and he is still working to give his family a better quality of life.

He sells his groceries from the comfort of his own home. In part of his house he has a small space where he lays out his products on some stands and a table. He also tells us that he always tries to have everything that his customers ask for in order to have more customers every day.

Joel needs this loan to buy rice, eggs, oil, candies, Sabrita snacks, bread, drinks, juice, powdered Jell-O, canned goods, beans, bleach, soap, detergent, and powdered soap for his next sale.

He hopes that his business will prosper with this investment because he wants it to grow. He hopes to be able to offer his granddaughter a better future and a better life.

Joel is a member of a group made up of ten members. They are:

Ana Karina- Cosmetics
Crecencia- Groceries
Dorotea- Clothing
Juaquina- Metal work
Arturo- Carpentry
Alberto- Mexican fast food
Gertrudis- Drinks
Rosa- Fast food sales
Dorotea- Mexican fast food sales

In this group: Ana Karen, Joel, Crecencia, Dorotea*, Juaquin, Arturo, Alberta, Gertrudis, Rosa Valeria, Dorotea
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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