A loan of $1,175 helped a member to buy Maseca [a brand of corn flour] and firewood.


Jesus Group's story

Lucia is a member of the Jesus Solidarity Group. She works making and selling tortillas. She is 49 years old and married, and has seven children. Her husband works in agriculture and in building. They live in Colonia Bella Oriente in the town of Juticalpa. Previously she lived in Barrio de Jesús, where she began making tortillas when she was a little girl when she lived with her mother. Currently she works in the same business of making and selling tortillas, beginning at 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. She has to travel from Colonia Bella Oriente to Barrio de Jesús, in the same city. She also works selling Avon products. Her advantage is that she has very good customers. Her disadvantage is that the stove where she makes tortillas is exposed to the sun and the water because she does not have a stand to cover it. Also, she has to travel every day at dawn from her house to her workplace. Lucia needs the loan she is requesting to invest in buying Maseca [a brand of instant corn masa flour] and firewood. With the help of this loan she would change her standard of living because with the profits she makes she will be able to buy an industrial stove and make a stand to improve her workplace. One of her goals is to have a well-established place for her tortilla business to better serve her customers. She has had 14 loan cycles with FAMA and she has paid them back punctually. With the profits from the loans given, she was able to build her little house.

In this group: Lucia Isabel, Seydi Dinora
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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