A loan of $3,975 helped a member buy candy to resell.


Los Ficus Group's story

The Ficus group is made up of eleven very hard working and enterprising women, who work to help their husbands and to give their families a good start in life.

Mrs. Yolanda is one of the members of this group; she is 35 years old and only has a primary school education. She is married to Mr. Enrique who works as a musician and mason. They have two children, Lupita is the oldest and is in primary school and Enrique is still a baby and is not in school. Mrs. Yolanda tells us that with her husband's help they built a small room in their home where they sell candy and refreshments to the children in the neighborhood; it took them some 5 years to complete it. They did this to have extra income and provide their family with a better quality of life. The business has been improving little by little and during the weekends she sells pizza slices and fried crackling prepared in the home. The business is well known and all of the neighborhood children go to the store and spend since they say they have a delicious zest.

Mrs. Yolanda will use the loan to buy a variety of candy (ice cream, gum, jelly candy, mints, and chocolates)

She wishes to continue getting ahead to give her family a better quality of life.

The other members of the group are: Patricia sells snacks. Elizabet sells makeup. Maria sells makeup. Carolina sells makeup. Laura sells groceries. Yolanda (another lady) grows sugar cane. Ana sells makeup. Maria Teresa sells makeup. Rosa sells shoes. Honoria sells makeup.

In this group: Patricia *, Elizabet *, Maria , Yolanda , Carolina , Laura , Yolanda , Ana , Maria Teresa , Rosa , Honoria
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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