A loan of $2,775 helped a member buy wheat, rice, sugar, milk, cinnamon, chocolate, firewood, and cooking gas for making stuffed buns and donuts to sell.

Amapolas Group's story

This solidarity group is called “Amapolas” (Poppies). With this loan, 2 members, Floriberta Lucila and Maricela, will buy wheat, coloring, cooking oil, sticky tape, and bags. Monica Yudith will purchase peanuts by the bag; Celia will buy wafers; Margarita will buy wheat, milk, rice, cinnamon, sugar and firewood.

Margarita is 57 years old, married, and has 3 daughters; 1 studies in normal school while the other 2 aren't in school. Margarita sells buns stuffed with rice and sugared and chocolate-covered donuts. She is requesting a loan to buy wheat, rice, sugar, firewood, gas, milk, cinnamon, and chocolate. Margarita began her business some 34 years ago. Her husband learned how to make these products and taught her to make stuffed buns.

They sell their products in the streets of their community and the customers like the flavor. Her husband helps prepare the stuffed buns. Margarita's business is important because they must make sales to have money daily. She likes to make the donuts and stuffed buns and feels proud and thanks God for having this business, which helps cover the costs of her daughter's schooling and buying basic materials to continue working and making their products.

Margarita's dreams and hopes are that their working area might expand to produce more stuffed buns, and that their daughter continue ahead, finishing her teaching training and finding employment.

The group members wish to say to Kiva and the Fundacion Realidad “we are grateful for the loans that help us grow our businesses and to live better with our families, and we wish you much success, health and happiness.”

In this group: Floriberta Lucila, Monica Yudith , Maricela , Celia, Margarita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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