A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy tamarind, sugar, peanut beans, brown sugar and honey to make sweets.

El Laurel Group's story

This mutually supportive group is called 'El Laurel'. It consists of Paula Elvia, Diana and Yanely, who are going to buy flour, paint, oil, bags, Scotch tape, paper and boxes with their loan. Elizabeth Herlinda is going to buy obleas [wafers], Patricia is going to buy amaranth, sugar, tamarind and peanuts.

Patricia is 27 years old. She is married and has two sons who study, one at primary school and the other at preschool. She sells typical sweets and peanuts. She is requesting a loan to buy tamarind, sugar, peanut beans, brown sugar, honey and a part will be used to buy doors for her house. She sells peanut and amaranth palanquetas, jamoncillos, comates, tamarindos and obleas, typical Mexican sweets. She started her business seven years ago. Her parents-in-law make a living making sweets and they showed her how to make sweets. Her business is important as from it she provides for her sons education. She goes out to fairs and town squares to sells her sweets to visitors and pilgrims. Her husband helps her in the business as he also knows how to make sweets. She uses her profit to invest in buying supplies and food.

Her dreams and hopes are to continue working selling peanuts and to build a house for her children. The members of this group want to thank Kiva and Fundación Realidad: "Thank you for supporting us with your loans, they help us to continue working and extending our businesses".

In this group: Paula Elvia, Elizbeth Herlinda, Patricia, Diana, Yanely

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Darby

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