A loan of $3,025 helped a member to purchase vegetables such as chili peppers, tomatoes, onions, etc.


El Ciruelito Group's story

Señora Carmela is 46 years old. She is married and has six children, three of whom are still financially dependent and in school. Rubí is studying in regular school, Isabel is studying for her baccalaureate, and the youngest is in primary school. Her husband's name is Joaquín, and he works in the fields.

Carmela works in retail; she has a small business selling fruits and vegetables, which she has been able to keep going with the help of the loan. She invested the loan in buying vegetables such as chili peppers, tomatoes, onions, etc. She hopes for great benefits from this, and has the goal of growing her business.

Señora Carmela belongs to the "El Ciruelito" group, ("The Little Plum Tree"), which is made up of ten members. They are called "El Ciruelito" because there are many plum trees in the community where they live. All the members work in different activities.

Señora Mariana works in retail selling bedspreads, sheets, and aprons. She invested her loan in the purchase of bedspreads and material for making aprons.

Señora Lina Iveth works in retail selling different types of plantains, such as macho, dominico, manzano and patriota varieties. She invested her loan in the purchase of plantains.

Señora Isabel works retailing perfumes. She sells different brands of perfumes, and invested her loan in the purchase of of more perfumes with new fragrances, creams, and cosmetics.

Señora Evelia works selling vegetables. She invested her loan in the purchase of vegetables such as tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, carrots, lettuce, etc.

Señora Prajedis works in retail selling beans, which she buys and resells. She invested her loan in the purchase of more black beans and peruvian beans.

Señora Elia works selling vegetables, she invested her loan in the purchase of more vegetables, such as chili peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pumpkins, etc.

Señora Enoemi works selling vegetables. She invested her loan in the purchase of vegetables such as chili peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, pumpkins, beans, etc.

Señora Joaquina works selling groceries. She invested her loan in the purchase of products such as oil, eggs, cookies, soup, chili peppers, sugar, etc.

Señora Ma Elvis works selling fruit. She invested her loan in the purchase of fruit such as apples, plantains, grapes, oranges, pears, etc.

In this group: Ma Elvis, Carmela, Evelia , Isabel , Elia, Prajedis, Lina Iveth , Joaquina , Enoemi, Mariana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack


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