A loan of $3,800 helped a member to buy a variety of detergents (bleach, fabric softener, bar and powdered soap) and to maintain her machinery.


El Encanto Group's story

Feliza is one of the members of the group “El Encanto”, which is comprised of 7 people. Each one carries out a different activity in order to generate more income and improve their standard of living. This group is located in a sugar cane zone, only 15 minutes from the La Margarita refinery, one of the main sugar producers in the region.

Feliza is 66 years old, only studied to first grade, and is a widow. She had 7 children who are now married, and tells us that more than 8 years ago, when her husband was still alive, she installed a small laundry in her house in order to earn a little extra money. Now that her husband has passed away, she continues with this business and is very content that her husband left her a good business with which she has been able to get ahead. Over time, her business has grown and gained customers. She opens very early every day, and her customers are happy with her service since she always tends to them well and their clothes are always ready when they need them. Feliza will invest this loan into the purchase of a variety of detergents (bleach, fabric softener, bar and powdered soap) and to maintain her machinery. She hopes that, with this loan, she can continue to grow her business since she would also like to start a dry cleaning service.

The other members of the group are:

Mirna – poultry sales Ramiro – general store Margarita – sells Mexican snack foods Sergio – taxi driver Juan Carlos – hamburger sales Rosa – fruit and vegetable sales

This group thanks the foundation for the loan it has granted to them.

In this group: Mirna , Feliza, Ramiro , Margarita , Sergio *, Juan Carlos , Rosa Maria
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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