A loan of $2,125 helped a member to buy "obleas" [a type of sweet] to cut.


Jade Group's story

The members of the group continue in the work they carry out. Carina, 32, lives in a common-law marriage with her husband, who works as a bricklayer. They have four male children. The oldest studies in the CBTA [Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Agropecuario] (secondary school), and the three younger ones are in elementary school.

She requested the loan to buy "obleas" [a sweet made from two thin wafers filled with caramel] to cut into different sizes. She started her business four years ago because of financial need. In the beginning they had her cut obleas, and she bought obleas to work on her own. Her business is important because in this way she helps her husband economically. What she likes most about this business is that she works at home and can take care of her children. Her husband and her oldest son help her put the obleas in little packets.

She is proud to be able to help her family with her children's school expenses. One of the challenges she faces is competition because several people in her community have the same business. Carina uses the profits for food and her children's school expenses. Her dreams and hopes are to raise calves.

She is happy about this loan she is going to receive. She is going to be able to buy her children the wardrobe they need for the dances at school.

The members of the group want to tell Kiva and Fundación Realidad, "Thank you for supporting us with your loans. They help us stock our businesses and continue working."

In this group: Maria Guadalupe , Virgilio Severino, Carina , Ofelia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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