A loan of $4,300 helped a member to buy bread, chickens and cosmetics such as lipsticks, perfume, creams, and other items.


Las Animas Group's story

María de Jesús is 24 years old, married and has 4 children, 2 of which are studying. Jacqueline is in her 3rd year of primary school, Daniel is in the first grade. Eduardo is only 3 years old and Raul is 1-1/2 years old. Her husband is called Daniel and he works at farming.

She works selling chicken, bread, and cosmetics from a catalog. She used her loan to buy bread, chicken, and cosmetics such as lipsticks, perfumes, creams and other beauty products. She says that this loan will help her a lot because her business is doing very well.

María de Jesús belongs to the group Las Ánimas (The Souls) which is made up of 12 members, all women, who are mentioned below.

Marena is 27 years old. She sells beauty products and has invested her loan in the purchase of products such as creams, shampoo, lipstick, and other items.

Gregoria is 47 years old and sells chickens and she has invested her loan to buy chickens to sell.

Gregoria Salome is 63 years old, sells food, and she invested her loan in the purchase of supplies to use in the preparation of food, such as oil, vegetables, meat and other items.

María Félix is 28 years old, sells fruit and she used her loan to buy fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, and oranges.

María de Jesús is 25 years old and sells chickens. She used her loan to buy boxes of chickens to sell.

Leonarda is 54 years old. She sells clothing and fruit and has invested her loan in the purchase of fruits and clothing, supplying her business with new styles of blouses, slacks, shirts and other items.

María Victoria is 27 years old and sells various types of sandals and has used her loan to purchase new styles of sandals.

Rafaela is 59 years old and she sells cheese, and used her loan to buy cheese to sell.

Evangelista is 43 years old and sells flowers and has used her loan to buy flowers to sell.

Maribel is 38 years old, and she sells perfume and has used her loan to buy perfume, creams, shampoo, and other items.

Petra is 59 years old and sells fish and she used her loan to buy fresh fish.

María is 42 years old and she sells vegetables, and she used her loan to buy vegetables such as tomatoes, chiles, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, and other items.

In this group: Leonarda , Maria , Ma Felix , Gregoria Salome, Evangelista, Marena , Maribel , Petra , Ma De Jesus , Ma Victoria, Rafaela *, Gregoria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand


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