A loan of $3,050 helped a member to buy school shoes for men, women and children.

Otoño Group's story

This solidarity group is called Otoño [Fall]. Señora Casilda is going to use her loan to buy cups, sets of plates and ceramic vases. Señora Tomasa is going to buy perfumes, creams, lipsticks and cosmetics. Señora Angelina is going to buy animal feed and medicine for her veterinary surgery. Señora Columba is going to buy meat, coriander, onion, tortillas, chilis etc for her tacos. Señora Angelina is going to buy combs, hairgrips, hair donuts, hairbands, hair bobbles etc. Señora Leonor is going to buy shoes for men, women and children. Señora Natividad is going to buy sandals for men, women and children. Señora Clara is going to buy Tupperware. Señora Urbano is going to buy glass, aluminum and metal to make windows and doors.

Señora Leonor is 57 years old, she is married and has 4 adult children who work. She sells mail-order shoes from the Andrea y Class brand. She is applying for her loan to buy school shoes for men, women and children for the start of this term and she will accept payment installments. She started her business 7 years ago out of the necessity to make an income. She offers her products to her neighbors, friends and family. She provides her customers with boots, trainers, sandals, slippers and shoes for men, women and children. She is proud to be able to offer her customers repayment facilities. She reinvests any profits she makes. She is planning to increase her sales by going to nearby communities to sell her products. She is happy with this loan as it will help her to fill her orders. Her hopes and dreams are that her children will have their own families, that they have a good life and that she will see her grandchildren grow up.

The members of the group have the following message for Kiva and Fundación Realidad: “We are very grateful for the support that you are giving us, God bless you and may you continue to help the people who need it”.

In this group: Casilda Cleofas, Tomasa, Angelina, Columba, Angelina, Leonor, Natividad, Clara, Urbano

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam O'Brien

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