A loan of $6,725 helped a member to buy soft drinks, eggs, ham, milk, etc.

El Espacio Group's story

Concepción is 42 years old and married. She has two children, one of which is in the third grade of primary school, and another, Juan. She herself only studied up to the fifth grade of primary school, and then she didn't want to study anymore because she was held back a grade and she didn't want to continue. Her husband is named Juan, and he is an administrator.

She is a merchant who has a small grocery store. She reports that she has had this business for 4 years. She hopes that the loan will help her improve the store. She will invest her loan in buying grocery products such as cooking oil, water, soft drinks, milk, eggs, cookies, etc. Concepción would like the business to grow a little more; she says that she is putting all of her efforts into helping the business grow even more.

Concepción belongs to the group "El Espacio" ["The Space"]. They gave it this name because when they began working with FRAC, it was the only institution that accepted men in a group, and thus there was a space for them. The group is made up of two men and nine women, as follows: Daniel, Edith, Enelva, Maria Teresa, Ynocencia, Silvestre, J Carmen, Ariana, Olivia and Rosa. All of them pursue commercial activities such as selling meat, groceries, soft drinks, chickens, fruits and vegetables, costume jewelry, food, etc.

In this group: Daniel, Edith, Enelva, Maria Teresa, Ynocencia, Concepción, Silvestra, J Carmen, Ariana*, Oliva, Rosa Elia*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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