A loan of $2,225 helped a member to buy groceries and bread.


Las Perlas Group's story

This group is noted for the fact that it they are surrounded by hills and lots of rubber trees. 'Las Perlas' is a group which has ten [female] members. Each one has her own business activity: Rosa - sells bread Florinda - sells tacos Praxedis - sells meat Juana C - sells chicken Claudia D. Jesús - sells groceries Juana - sells soft drinks Abigail - runs a pharmacy Gerónima - sells perfume Araceli - sells chicken Miriam is one of the members of this group. She is 38 years old and studied up to the third year of high school. She is married to Samuel who works as a farm laborer. They have two children: one is in high school and the other is in elementary school. Miriam tells us that she has always enjoyed working and that, when they got married, she and her husband decided to open a business so that they could earn a little extra money and offer their family a better quality of life. Miriam tells us that, as her husband knows how to make bread, they opened a bakery. They both work in the bakery and, over time, they gradually grew their business and opened a small grocery store as well. Now Miriam and her family serve in the two small businesses. Miriam needs this loan to invest in buying oil, eggs, flour, gas, sugar and yeast for making her bread and sugar, beans, oil, canned goods, toilet paper, soft drinks, sweets, soap and some stationery products (pens, pencils and pencil sharpeners) to re-stock her grocery store business. Miriam hopes that this investment will help her businesses to prosper as she would like her children to grow up to have a profession. She says "thank you for bringing these loans to our community".

In this group: Miriam , Rosa , Florinda , Praxedis , Claudia , Juana , Geronima , Araceli, Abigail , Juana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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