A loan of $1,575 helped a member to purchase sweaters, pants, blouses, skirts, men's jackets, pants for women, men, and children, and underwear.

La Flor Group's story

The new members of the group are Leonor Cecilia who is going to use her loan to buy blouses, skirts, sweaters, and pants and underwear, and Candida, who is going to buy peanuts wholesale. The rest of the members are still doing their previous activities.

Leonor Cecilia is 54 years old. She is married and her husband sells yogurt. They have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, who are all adults. Three of them are married and one son is single.

Leonor Cecilia sells clothing. She is requesting this loan to purchase sweaters, pants, blouses, skirts, men's jackets, pants for men, women and children, and underwear. She started her business 15 years ago when she needed to support her family since her children were in school and expenses were high. She started off selling underwear. Then people requested skirts. She worked by the order since she didn't have much cash. The business grew and she saved money to invest in her merchandise and now her business is bigger. Twice a week she goes to the center of her community to sell clothing on Tuesdays and Fridays. Her business is important because they live off it, they meet people, and she is her own boss. She likes to sell and provide good service to her customers so that they return. Her husband helps her set up her stand and a daughter in law helps attend to customers. She feels proud to be able to help her children and grandchildren. She can give them a jacket or pants as a gift.

Her business is known for good prices. She provides her customers with the items that they like or what is in style, and she lets them pay in installments. She is happy with this loan for the opportunity it provides to expand her business and have it well-stocked. The members of the group want to tell Kiva and Fundación Realidad "thank you very much for supporting us. In this way many families are working without as much economic pressure and it helps improve our lives".

**Maria Teresa, who was part of the prior loan, appears in the picture but decided not to be part of this loan.

In this group: Manuela Elizabeth , Efren Angelina, Leonor Cecilia , Candida Paulina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michele Magrino

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