A loan of $1,925 helped a member to buy cable, pvc, nails, screws, electrical material and cleaning products.

Abril Group's story

This communal bank group is called Abril. It is made up of: Señora Cecilia who is going to buy soft drinks, sugar, eggs, oil, cookies, sweets with her loan; Señorita Maribel who is going to buy cable, screws, cleaning products, electrical materials; Señora Roció is going to buy shoes to fill her orders and seasonal catalogues; Señora Delfina who is going to buy toppers (men's hats); Señora Margarita is going to buy cheese, cream, cottage cheese.

Señorita Maribel is 27 years old, single and without children. She has a hardware store in the centre of the community. She is asking for a loan to buy cable, pvc, nails, screws, electrical material and cleaning products. She started the business 2 years ago. She used to work in the capital with her uncles who had a hardware store and decided to set up her own hardware store in her own community. Her business is very important as it a means of independence and having her own business. She is proud of her business which was born of her hard work. She worked for a long time and now she has her own business. Her customers are bricklayers, blacksmiths, housewives, students. She uses the profits to reinvest in merchandise. She is happy with the loan she is going to receive as it is an opportunity to expand her business. Her dreams and hope is to have a family and help her parents any way she can. The members of the group want to say to Kiva and the Fundacion Realidad: "Thanks to you we can start or improve our businesses. Continue helping more people who ask for help."

In this group: Cecilia, Maribel, Rocio, Delfina, Margarita

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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