A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy stock merchandise for his grocery store.

El Cedral Group's story

Emilio is a member of a development unit composed of ten people. Each of them has an economic activity. Brigida, groceries; Inocencia, Mexican fast food; T., building materials; Teresa, soft-drink sales; Amalia, chicken sales; Rubén, repair shop; Diego, bricklaying; Silvia, paper goods sales; Cecilia, repair shop. They all live in a community noted for being located in a sugar cane producing zone.

Emilio is 35 years old; he only completed elementary school. He’s married and has two daughters. One of them is in pre-school and the other is still a baby. He relates to us that a little over five years ago he opened a small grocery store, where his clients come to purchase products. He told us “One must not always be with one’s hands empty; one has to look for work to support the family during difficult times.”

His store is located in the front part of his house; he built a small locale where his customers can visit him and make their purchases. “I’m very happy because I succeeded in establishing my store because the only kind of work available here is work in the fields and sometimes earnings are just enough for a little.”

Emilio needs this loan to buy milk, beans, oil, drinking glasses, disposable plates, chlorine bleach, shampoo, spices, mayonnaise, salt, sugar, soup, fruit juices, candy, cookies, votive candles, eggs, chilies, tomatoes and onions to restock his store. He hopes that with this investment his business will prosper because he wants to proviD. his family with a better quality of life.

In this group: Brigida , Inocencia , Tomas , Teresa , Amalia , Ruben , Emilio , Diego , Silvia Isabel , Cecilio

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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