A loan of $4,825 helped a member to purchase milk, oil, ham, beans, rice, sugar, detergent, eggs, beverages, chips, cookies, etc.

Ahuehuete Group's story

The Ahuehuete group consists of Marina, who plans to use the loan to purchase chips, beverages, eggs, milk and other items; Gina Rebeca, who plans to use it to purchase spare parts for her taxi; Emilia, who plans to purchase flour and soy beans; and Esteban, who plans to purchase beverages, chips and candies. Marina is a 37-year-old single mother of three children, two girls and a boy. Her youngest daughter is in high school, and the eldest two are adults and no longer in school due to the fact she was a very young mother. Marina has a grocery store, and she is requesting the loan to purchase milk, oil, ham, beans, rice, sugar, detergents, eggs, beverages, chips and cookies. She started the business 10 years ago when she was offered to rent a store front, and she accepted. Her business is important because it pays the bills, like electric, gas and water services. She enjoys when customers purchase her products and she feels proud of having a store where someone can come when they need something or when there's an emergency. She is planning to expand her business by adding fruits and legumes. The business has helped her afford her daughter's education. Her hopes and dreams are to have a well-stocked store and support her youngest daughter earn a degree. The members of the group want to tell Kiva and partner Fundación Realidad, "Thank you for the support you provide us with the loans so we can grow our businesses."

In this group: Marina De Jesus , Gina Rebeca, Emilia, Esteban

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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