A loan of $5,725 helped a member to buy wafers, honey, pumpkin seeds, vegetable oil, bags and cellophane tape.

Mujeres Con Futuro Group's story

This communal bank is called “Mujeres con Futuro” (Women with a Future). Its members are Nelva Griselda, Maricela, Edith, Aleida and Celia who will use the loan to buy flour, paint, oil, bags, and cellophane tape. Florencia Martha will buy wafers, bags, cellophane tape and containers. Crispina Martina will buy chicken.

Florencia Martha, 37, has a spouse and three daughters attending school, two in secondary school and the little one in elementary school. She sells 'obleas' [thin wafer sandwiches filled with caramel] that she makes in different shapes with honey and pumpkin seeds that she sells in round containers. She asked for the loan to buy raw materials: wafers, honey, pumpkin seeds, vegetable oil, bags and cellophane tape. Part of it will be used to repair her truck and another to pay laborers. She started the business 14 years ago. She paid for the machinery in installments. Her business is important because it’s an income for the family and she can give employment to several people. She feels proud of her business for thanks to it her daughters have everything they need. She goes out to the street market to sell and earns income. She uses profits for all of her daughters’ school expenses, for food and to repay the loan. Her daughters help her assemble the ‘obleas’ and her husband makes the containers. Her dreams and hopes are that the business grows and that her daughters continue with their schooling and attain careers.

The group members want to say to Kiva and to Fundación Realidad: “Thank you for your loans; they help us fix some problems we have. Please continue helping people in need.”

In this group: Nelva Griselda, Maricela, Edith, Crispina Martina, Florencia Martha, Aleida, Celia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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