A loan helped a member to buy stock merchandise for her store.

El Cedro Group's story

The “El Cedro” (The Cedar) group is composed of 13 hardworking, cheerful women who very much want to get ahead. Each has a different economic activity. The main activities are sugar cane farming and collecting resin from rubber trees.

Rosalía is one of the group members. She’s 38 years old and studied up to third year of secondary school; she’s a single mother. Rosalía tells us that she’s always liked to work but because she’s a single mother she has had to work even harder to support her son. Rosalía opened a small grocery store at home a few years ago and in time has secured customers which helped the store to prosper. Currently, her store is located in a more spacious locale and is better stocked with all sorts of groceries, soft-drinks and cleaning products. She opens the store every day at 8am and she tells us that thanks to God her business is stable and as time goes by it’s getting better stocked.

She will use the loan to buy powdered detergent, salt, sugar, toilet paper, votive candles, milk, beans, rice, canned goods, cream, cheese, candy and soft-drinks to stock her store. Rosalía hopes that with this loan her business will continue to grow so that she can give her son a better quality of life.

The other group members are:

María Lucrecia-groceries
Yuridia-nutrition club
Dora María-clothes
María del Carmen- sewing
Martha-low cost eatery

In this group: Cenorina, Camerina, Maria Lucrecia Justa, Eva, Yuridia, Rosalia, Genoveva, Elodia, Dora Maria, Maria Del Carmen, Lindsey, Martha, Guadalupe

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz.

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