A loan of $2,500 helped a member to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Los Girasoles De Cuaji Group's story

This group is called “Girasoles de Cuaji” (Cuaji's Sunflowers) and the members decided on this name because its representative has a sunflower in her garden and “cuaji” in honor of their community; this is why they chose this name.

This story is about Virginia who is part of this group. She’s 38 years old and married to Pedro; they have five children. Only hree of them attend school, two are in secondary school and the other one is in fifth grade in elementary school. The youngest is only three years old and still does not attend school.

Virginia has a small grocery store that she’s had for more than a year. She decided to start this business because she needed to improve her and her family’s quality of life and to move her children ahead because she did not have sufficient economic solvency to manage giving them a better education. The loan she got will be used to buy more merchandise like milk, soft-drinks, eggs, oil, beans, cookies, sugar, bread, soap and toilet paper to have her store better stocked.

She wants to continue investing in her business to make it grow much more because she wants to build a locale to install a grocery store in to increase and improve her sales and income because that way she can continue to support her children’s schooling so that they will be able to have a very good profession and she can also continue improving her quality of life.

She is very grateful to Kiva lenders and Fundación Realidad because thanks to them she’s getting ahead and has been able to have a business of her own.

Virginia’s other fellow members are: Martha, Beatriz and Hugo who carry out a variety of activities like butcher shop, food sales, groceries and repair shop.

In this group: Martha, Beatriz, Virginia, Hugo Andres

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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