A loan of $2,750 helped a member to purchase recycled items to sell.

El Arbolito Group's story

Carmen is 46 years old, married, and has 3 children, 2 of whom are still dependent on her. She has been with EDAPROSPO for 3 years and makes a living purchasing and selling recycled items, a business she has had for 7 years. She started this business because it was profitable and she wanted to earn a better income. She has also had a cleaning service for the past 7 months. With much effort and work Carmen was able to purchase a motorcycle, and that makes it easier for her to transport the items she sells. Right now her income is used to cover her children’s school expenses, while her husband takes care of the family’s food and clothing expenses. Carmen’s plan for the future is to open a scrapyard and purchase several more motorcycles. She is planning to use the loan to purchase more recycled items so she can resell them at a better price. Carmen belongs to the “El Arbolito” [“The Little Tree”] group, which is made up of 7 members—they chose their name because the tree “grows and bears fruit”. Carmen has been the group’s president for one year.

In this group: Melania Esperanza, Maria Teresa, Carmen Rosa, Bilha, Eresvita, Lili, Filomena Beatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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