A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy flour, sugar, oil, coloring, plastic bags, and packing tape.

Productoras Del Oriente Group's story

This solidarity group is named Productoras del Oriente. It is made up of Reina David, who is going to buy chicken wholesale and spice mix; Juana, who is going to buy shoes; Eulalia, who is going to buy flour and coloring to make "obleas" [thin wafer sandwiches filled with caramel]; Leonila, who is going to buy gumdrops, icepops, and peanuts; Dolores Olivia, who is going to buy pig feed; and Catalina, who is going to buy corn to make tortillas.

Eulalia, 39, is a single mother with four children, one girl and three boys. The girl and one boy are in elementary school, and the two older boys already work. She makes obleas to sell. She requested the loan to buy flour, sugar, coloring, oil, plastic bags, and packing tape to produce the obleas.

She began her business six years ago. As part of a project she was given the raw materials and an oblea machine. Her business is important because it is where she gets the money to eat, to give her children breakfast, and to pay the school expenses. She is proud to have her business in her house. She works and can attend to her children.

Her dreams and hopes are to expand her business, to buy another oblea machine, and for her children to be well. She is happy about the loan she is going to receive. She is going to buy the ingredients to continue working and making more obleas.

The members of the group are grateful to Kiva and Fundación Realidad. Thanks to their loans they continue working in their businesses.

In this group: Reina David, Juana, Eulalia, Leonila, Dolores Olivia, Catalina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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