A loan of $5,775 helped a member to buy chicken and a variety of cosmetics.

Las Carmelitas Group's story

The Carmelitas is a group formed by nine people each of them working in a different business activity to obtain extra income and give their families a better quality of life, this group is located in an area close to the sugar cane plantation, where a large sugar cane producer is located called “La Margarita”. The members of this group are: Isabel, Columba and Flora sell delicacies, Margarita has a butcher shop, Sotera sells cosmetics, Maria Elena sells ceramics, Genaro has a mechanic shop, Matilde sells clothing and Aurelia sells chicken.

Aurelia is 40, studied up to junior high and is married to Victor who works as a contractor, they had two children that are adults now. Aurelia started selling cosmetics to her friends and neighbors more than 10 years ago with the goal to help her husband with the home expenses and their children's studies, as time went by she had many clients and her sales and profit grew so she decided to invest her profits in selling chicken meat to grow her money, so she started selling chicken meat from her house four years ago, she now has to points of sale one at home and one in a downtown location, Aurelia works very hard everyday so that her business keeps progressing. She will use the loan to buy chicken, lipstick, eye shadow, eyeliner and perfume to continue her sales. She hopes that with this investment her business continues progressing because she hopes to expand her business.

The group thanks the institution for the support provided.

In this group: Aurelia , Isabel , Flora , Margarita , Sotera *, Maria Elena , Columba , Genaro , Matilde
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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