A loan of $5,225 helped a member to buy tools for a garage.

Los Inversionistas Group's story

Antonio belongs to the Los Inversionistas ["The Investors"] group and has worked with them for 2 years. He says that they gave the group this name because they invest all of the loans requested in their businesses so that they can give their families a better quality of life. Tono, as he is known by his community, is 28 years old and single, and has had a garage for 6 years. He says that he learned this business because it has attracted his attention since he was a child. In secondary school he took a mechanical workshop where he learned to repair cars, and because of this he opened his own workshop. He says that he is requesting this loan to buy tools, and that each tool is quite expensive. He also says that he rents the land where his garage is located and which he occupies for parking and for overnight vehicle storage. He says that his goal and his dream is to buy a large piece of land where he can put his garage and where he does not pay rent as this is money out of his pocket. For this reason he is making great efforts to become known as a good mechanic. The other ten members of the group are also very hard-working and responsible people. Their names are Mariana, Eva de los Milagros, Gloria, Maria del Carmen, Eva, Maricela, Lucila, Clara, Esmeralda and Esther. They all invest their loans in their businesses such as cosmetics and perfume for women and men, shoes by catalogue, seasonal vegetables, material for creating handmade embroidery, the sale of blankets by catalogue and a grocery store.

In this group: Mariana, Eva De Los Milagros, Jose Antonio, Gloria*, Maria Del Carmen, Eva, Maricela, Lucila, Clara, Esmeralda, Esther
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman

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