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A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy oil, sweet treats, bread, canned food, juice, soft drinks, beans, rice, bread crumbs, bleach, soap, detergents and candles.

Los Ficus Group's story

The 'El Ficus' group has ten members who are very cheerful, hard-working and kind. Laura is one of the members of this group. She is 33 years old and studied up to high school level. She is married to Gilberto, who works as a carpenter, and the couple have three children. Only one of their children is still dependent on them. Laura tells us that she decided to start her business selling groceries a few months ago as she wanted to support her husband with their household expenses and also because she believes that her business will help her to get ahead in the future.

Laura sells her groceries every day. She starts work very early in the morning, cleaning her store. She keeps all her grocery products in her store. She puts them on display on shelves for her customers. She is very happy with her business as she gains new customers every day.

Laura needs this loan to buy oil, sweet treats, bread, canned food, juice, soft drinks, beans, rice, bread crumbs, bleach, soap, detergent, candles and bath soap to sell.

Laura hopes that, with this investment, her business will thrive and that she will make progress as she would like her business to become one of the main grocery stores in her community.

"Thank you Fundación Realidad, for the support that you have given to me and my family".

The other members of this group are:
Patricia - Mexican snacks
Elizabeth - Cosmetics
María - Cosmetics
Yolanda - Soft drinks
Carolina - Cosmetics
Yolanda - Carpentry
Ana Celia - Cosmetics
Rosa - Clothes

In this group: Patricia *, Elizabet , Maria , Yolanda , Carolina , Laura , Yolanda , Ana , Maria Teresa *, Rosa
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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