A loan of $6,875 helped a member to buy aprons for sale.

Benemerito Group's story

The group is called “Benemerito”, it's located in Pueblo Nuevo of Los Angeles, which is a community with lots of vegetation, in addition there is a large and clean dam, people from this community are known as nice and attentive to their visitors, they decided the name of the group based on the name of the neighborhood where they live, the group is formed by 11 women and two men all very hard workers and with much desire to get themselves and their families ahead, they decided to join this group because in it they find the support they need to start and improve their business activities. The members of the group and their respective activities are as follows:

1.- Ismael G. ( Video game arcades)
2.- Marybel Lilia F. (buy and sell cattle – needs to buy a calf)
3.- Trinidad H. (buy and sell groceries)
4.- María Rosario F. (buy and sell chicken and turkey)
5.- Otilia L. (store where she sells chickens)
6.- Yolanda R. (buy, raise and sell chickens)
7.- Violeta G. (buy, raise and sell chickens)
8.- Elena María R. (buy and sell all types of aprons)
9.- María H. (to buy three sheep to raise and sell)
10.- Aurea H. (to buy blankets and sheets for sale)
11.- Filiberto C. (to buy sheep and feed to raise them)
12.- Rosa María F. (to buy chickens and feed to raise them)
13.- Teresa M. (to buy chickens, two sheep and feed to raise them)

The representative of the group is Elena Maria, who is a housewife, married for 10 years to Jose Refugio, with whom she had four children that are currently in elementary school. She is an entrepreneurial woman that wants to support her husband, she requests this loan to invest in the small business that together with her husband they started four months ago and that consists on buying and selling aprons. “I go and buy my merchandise every 15 days or when I sell out, then my husband is the one that drives around selling them in different communities, he gets paid in cash, our profit helps support the family” says Elena. Her and her family live in a house they own, she is very hopeful about this loan; “I trust that we can do it, we just need to know how to invest it and we can do more” She has had no problems so far with this activity and in the future she would like to have her own store.

In this group: Ismael, Marybel Lilia, Trinidad, María Rosario, Otilia, Yolanda, Violeta, Elena María, María, Aurea, Filiberto, Rosa María, Teresa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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