A loan of $4,825 helped a member to buy potatoes, syrup, strawberry jam, guava jam, condensed milk, ingredients to make pancakes, cooking oil, different types of sauces, and packs of strawberries to sell strawberries and cream.


El Moralito Group's story

Doña Beatriz, age 37, leads a group called El Moralito. Their neighbourhood is called El Moral, and to identify themselves easily, all the mmbers decided to call the group El Moralito. Beatriz is very happy to have such a hardworking group: there have been no problems with repayments, and they all help each other. She is a woman who works hard to improve her living conditions. From a very young age she began helping at her father's stall selling chips and pancakes, where she learned well. She now has over 15 years experience in her own business, selling churros, chips, French fries, pancakes, drinks, roast potatoes and gravy and much more, at fairs and festivals. She wants a loan to buy potatoes, caramel, strawberry jam, guava jam, condensed milk, ingredients to make pancakes, cooking oil, different types of sauces, and packs of strawberries to sell strawberries and cream. She buys all the products in local stores, where they give her the best prices. One of her goals is to expand her business and buy a used truck to transport her goods more quickly.

The other nine members of the group are called Gloria, Juana Guadalupe, Rosa Isela Maria Felicitas, Olivia, Ana Laura, Ana Lilia, Pablo, and Javier. They plan to invest in: jewelry and hair accessories, cosmetics and perfumes for men and women, women's clothing, men's clothing, supplies for making pancakes, and repairs to a taxi.

In this group: Gloria, Juana Guadalupe, Rosa Isela, Maria Felicitas*, Oliva, Ana Laura, Ana Lilia, Beatriz, Pablo, Javier
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald


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