A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy rice, beans, oil, juice drinks, crackers, candies, soap, toilet paper, canned goods, eggs, tooth paste, salt and sugar.

Las Atrevidas Group's story

The group 'Las Atrevidas' [The Bold Ones] is made up of 10 people, all of which are involved in different economic activities. The group is located in a region where there are two principal economic activities, one of them is planting sugar cane and the second is collecting resin from rubber trees.

Domitila is one of the group members. She is 56 years old and studied up until high school. She is single and has a son who is 19 years old that also studied in high school. She told us that a little over six years ago she started selling juice drinks out of her home to earn a little extra money to help her family get ahead. Little by little with time her business was growing and she began to also sell groceries. She conducts sales from her home, where she has shelves and tables set up to display her products. She also told us that she likes to have her business well stocked so that her customers always find what they are looking for and come back to her store to spend their money. Domitila needs this loan to invest in the purchase of rice, beans, oil, juice drinks, crackers, candies, soap, toilet paper, canned products, eggs, toothpaste, salt and sugar to restock her store. She hopes that with this investment her business will prosper and will get more customers so that her profits will increase. She would like to be able to build a small place [for her store] and continue the construction of her home.

*Gregoria (the woman in the white skirt and green blouse) is a friend of the group members and wanted to be in the picture.

The other group members are:
Maria Isabel who sells footwear
Carmelo who sells candies
Francisca who sells food
Rafaela who sells food
Eliana who sells fruit
Juana who sells food
Silvia who sells food
Maria Inez who sells cosmetics
Jose who sells shoes

In this group: Maria Isabel , Domitila , Carmelo , Francisca , Rafaela , Eliana , Juana , Silvia , Maria Inez , Jose

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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