A loan of $4,050 helped a member to purchase beans, rice, oil, cookies, candy, soup, beverages, cheese, cream, milk, salt, sugar, ham and canned goods.


Las Fresas Group's story

Ana Luisa is one of the members of Las Fresas (The Strawberries), which consists of 13 happy, friendly and very hard-working women, each of whom labors to make headway for their families. They are: Dominga, who sells chicken; Martha, who sells shoes; Florinda, who sells drinks; Arianna, who sells chicken; Alejandra, who sells cosmetics, Lucero, who sells candy; Francisca, who sells tacos; Norma, who sells candy; Floriberta, who sells groceries; Elizabeth, who sells candy; Nora, who sells groceries; and Ana Lucia, who sells refreshments. Ana Luisa is 46 years old and has a sixth-grade education. She is married to Marco, who works as a taxi driver. They have two children who are in school. Ana Luisa says that a little less than a year ago she opened a small convenience store in her home with the support of her husband in order to earn extra income and help him with household expenses and their children's education. She works every day out of her home, opening her store at 8 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m., and she enjoys having a well-stocked store so her customers can always find what they're looking for. She plans to invest this loan in the purchase of beans, rice, oil, cookies, candy, soup, drinks, cheese, cream, milk, salt, sugar, ham and canned goods to restock her business. She hopes that with this investment her business will attract more customers and she can continue growing her store.

In this group: Dominga , Martha , Florinda , Arianna , Alejandra , Lucero , Francisca , Norma , Floriberta , Ana Luisa , Elizabeth , Nora Yasmin *, Ana Lucia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein


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