A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy sugar, milk, noodles, rice, and sweets.

La Union Hace La Fuerza Group's story

Vilma is 52 years old, married, and has six children, two of which are school-age and dependent on her. She is a nurse in a health center. She has been working in this field for more than 10 years. Little by little, with effort, Vilma began her own business. She has a little grocery store in her house. Thanks to her fortitude Vilma could support her children's education.

With the idea of getting ahead and earning better income, she took pastry making courses. With what she learned she now takes orders from customers for all sorts of pastries including cakes, pies, and other sorts of desserts. Vilma's dream is to have a boutique where she can offer all types of clothes.

With the money from the loan she will invest in her grocery store, buying sugar, milk, noodles, rice, and sweets. Vilma is a member of the communal bank "La Unión hace la Fuerza" group that was started by seven responsible and committed people with the Prosperity Program. Vilma is wearing a white scarf and a beige jacket.

In this group: Giannina Miluska, Julio Cesar, Julia Juana, Vilma Zaragoza, Ana Rosa, Liana Aulia, Luis Enrique

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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