A loan of $2,575 helped a member to buy a solderer and sheeting.

Guadalupe De Reyes Group's story

This group is comprised of ten people, and each one of them has a different business activity. This group is known for being very united, happy, and hard-working.

Juaquin, age 38, is one of the members of this group. He attended school until the third year of secondary school. He is married to Silvia, and they have two children who go to elementary school. Juaquin says that as he did not have the opportunity to study, he learned the trade of being a blacksmith. He did this in order to get his family ahead and to give them a better quality of life.

A little more than four years ago he set up a small blacksmith business on the patio of his house. He does jobs there like doors, windows, and protections. He works by orders because he has had his business for several years, and he has a lot of customers.

He says, “Thank God there is always work to jump into wholeheartedly because one is recommended by their work.”

He will use the loan to buy material to make the doors, windows, and protections. He hopes that with this investment his business will have better results, and he will have more customers. Then his earnings will increase, and he will be able to give his children a better quality of life. He will also be able to give then the opportunity to have a career.

The other members are:

Alberta-Mexican snacks
Rosa-Sells snacks
Juana-Sells cosmetics
Amelia-Sells chicken
Rosalia-Sells Mexican snacks

In this group: Joel , Crecencia , Juaquin, Arturo , Alberta , Rosa Valeria , Juana , Amelia , Rosalia , Deodora*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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