A loan of $2,350 helped a member to purchase merchandise such as catalogues, lipsticks, eye shadows, compacts, nail polish, mascara, eye liners, skin lotions, deodorants, and perfumes.


Las Rosas Del Puente Group's story

The name of this group is Las Rosas del Puente, meaning "The Roses of the Bridge". They decided upon this name because one of the members has a rose greenhouse. The story is about Sofia. She is 43 years old and she is married to Juan Miranda. They have 6 children together, and only Remedios and Juan are in still in school. They are in grade 10 and in grade 3. Sofia sells cosmetics and perfumes by catalogue. Sofia decided to start out his business because she wanted to find a way to move her children forward and to help her husband with the household expenses and the educational expenses. She also wanted to improve the quality of life for her children. She invested the loan she received in the purchase of more merchandise, such as: catalogues, lipsticks, eye shadows, compacts, nail polish, mascara, eye liners, skin lotions, deodorants, and perfumes in order to add more product variety. She is very happy because she says that her business has done very well. Her sales have increased significantly and so have her clients. Consequently her income has also increased, so much so that she has been able to save money to ensure her children's education. Sofia's goal is to keep supporting her children in their studies, enabling them to complete a professional career and to have a better future. She also wants to expand her small business even more. She wants to expand her business and she is thinking of selling clothing, too. She will have a wider variety of articles and her business will have a better selection. it will improve and increase her profits. She is very thankful to Fundacion Realidad (Kiva Field Partner) and the Kiva lenders for their unconditional support that they have provided. It is thanks to this support that she has been able to improve the quality of her life and that of her family. She will also continue to invest in her business. These are the names of the individuals and the business activities in which the members of the group, Las Rosas del Puente, are involved in. Julieta, Rosa, Judith, Romula, Sofia, Rolanda, Josefa, Carmela, Irene, and Marisela. They are involved in a variety of activities, including: grocery store, cosmetics sales, tamales sales, soft drink sales, clothing sales, and poultry sales.

In this group: Julieta, Rosa, Irene, Judit, Romula, Sofia, Rolanda, Josefa, Marisela*, Carmela
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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