A loan of $3,050 helped a member to buy chilies, tomatoes, onions, meat, cream, cheese, rice, beans, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Regina Group's story

The name of this group of 9 cheerful and hardworking women is "Regina." Each woman has an economic activity that they are developing in order to help their spouses and get ahead with their families, providing them with a better quality of life. This group is located in a sugar-cane producing region with a warm climate, as this community has developed in the foothills

Bety is one of the members of this group. She is 49 years old, and has a business degree. She is the single mother of 3 children, but now only one of them is dependent upon her - the youngest, 13, who is named Jose Carlos and is in middle school.

Bety says that she has always had to work in order to provide for her children and give them an education. She started out selling items for the home (dishes, pots, glasses, plates and containers) to her friends and neighbors in the community, but as the years went by her children grew and their expenses increased and she had to find a way to increase her income. So, as she was a very good cook, she decided to start selling Mexican snacks and fast food from her home, and at times she also delivers them to people's homes. She said "I've already been selling household items for 6 years and selling food for 3, and thanks to God I have my customers, and so gradually we are seeking a way to get ahead." Bety needs this loan to invest in the purchase of chilies, tomatoes, onions, meat, cream, cheese, rice, beans, and a variety of fruits and vegetables to make her food, and also to buy some household products. She hopes that with this investment her business will continue to make progress, since she plans in the future to establish a small restaurant.

The members of this group are grateful to the Fundacion for the support that they are getting in the form of these loans for their businesses so that their quality of life can improve. The other members of the group are:

Cristina, who sells clothing
Dulce Maria, who makes pastries
Beatriz, who sells jewelry
Alma Delia, who sells jewelry
Margarita, who sells perfume
Maria Elena, who sells bread
Erika, who sells fruits and vegetables
Esmeralda, who sells cosmetics

In this group: Beatriz , Cristina *, Dulce Maria , Beatriz , Alma Delia, Margarita , Maria Elena, Erika , Esmeralda
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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