A loan of $5,125 helped a member to buy flour, bags, paint, oil and ribbons to produce wafers.

Geranios Group's story

This solidarity group is called "Geranios" (geraniums) and is made up of Señoras Rocio Humberta, Dolores, Rodemaribel and Sheyla Berta (who will use their shares of the loan to buy flour, paint, bags, glue, oil, sandpaper, ribbons and cinnamon); Imelda (who will buy peanuts, corn, sweet potatoes, peanut brittles, sesame seeds and candies); Cirina (who will buy corn and peanuts), and Edith Jhanet (who will buy wafers).

Dolores, aged 35, lives in a common-law marriage and is the mother of two children, a boy and a girl. The boy attends secondary school and the girl upper secondary school. Dolores sells wafers. She applies for this loan to buy flour, bags, paint, oil and ribbons to produce the wafers. She launched her business four years ago. She learned her activity when she was working for a woman who produced wafers. Later her husband applied for a loan to buy ingredients in order to start the business. This activity is important for Dolores, because it gives her the needed financial means to pay for food and tuition fees for her children.

Dolores is proud to provide for herself. Thanks to this well-managed business she was able to put a roof on her house and build her workshop. In her community many people produce wafers. She uses her profit to buy what is lacking at home and save some money with the idea of buying another machine to produce wafers. She dreams and hopes that she can keep on working until her children complete their education, get a job and can provide for themselves.

The members of this group want to thank Kiva and the microfinance institution Fundación Realidad for their help, and ask them to continue their financial support so that the group members can keep on working in their businesses and enjoy a better life with their families.

In this group: Rocio Humberta , Dolores, Rodemaribel*, Sheyla Berta, Imelda , Cirina, Edith Jhanet
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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