A loan of $2,550 helped a member to buy soft drinks, cookies, eggs, milk, beans, sugar, soap and shampoo.

Las Morenitas Group's story

The new member of the group are Leticia, who is going to use her loan to buy cosmetics and perfume, and Lourdes, who is going to buy cases of soft drinks, and Elena, who is going to buy soft drinks, cookies, eggs, milk, beans, sugar, soap, and shampoo, etc.The rest of the members continue in the activities they have been doing.

Elena is 56 years old. She doesn't know how to read or write and has 11 children, 6 sons and 5 daughters, all of them grown. She has her small grocery store and asked for her loan to buy oil, soap, beans, sugar, eggs, milk, soft drinks, cookies, etc. She started her business 6 years ago, ad learned just by putting all her enthusiasm into the store. Her son gave her the money to buy the merchandise and stock the store. Her business is important because she likes to sell and get ahead. She likes to serve her customers in a friendly way and is proud of her business. It is in her house and she feels independent. She is planning on stocking her business more and she plans on doing this with the loans. Her hopes and dreams are to have a bigger store to give her customers a better service. The members of the group want to tell Kiva and Fundacion Realidad "we thank you for your loans and we hope you will keep helping us with your loans to grow our businesses."

In this group: Rocio, Juana , Alma Delia , Paula, Leticia , Lourdes, Elena
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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