A loan of $2,100 helped a member to buy clothes and shoes for her business.

Jovenes Emprendedores Group's story

Ana Cecilia is 25 years old. She is very young and hard working. She and her husband have a wood business that they both run. Ana Cecilia also sells clothes and shoes. It was her husband's aunt who taught her everything she needed to know about selling these products as she also used to sell them in the provinces and it made her good income. Ana Cecilia was able to get some money together and buy her own merchandise. Her first customers were other mothers who belonged to the same 'Glass of Milk' [feeding program] as she did and friends from school. Her cheerful character was a great help in making friendships and thereby gaining more customers. Ana Cecilia is currently president of the 'Jovenes Emprendedores' (Young Entrepreneurs) group. All the members of the group are friends and neighbors from the same place. Ana Cecilia has a project that she hopes to achieve very soon which is to buy a stall in a market so that she can set up her clothes business there.

Ana Cecilia will use this loan from EDAPROSPO to buy clothes and shoes for her business. The most important thing that Ana Cecilia's business has enabled her to do is pay her son's school fees and she will feel happy when he becomes a professional.

* Ana Cecilia is the third lady from the left in the photo. She is standing up and wearing a blue checkered blouse.

In this group: Ana Cecilia, Casilda, Evelyn, Guiullianna, Carmen Luz, Zenaida Maria, Maria Antonia, Maria Renne

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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