A loan of $3,925 helped a member purchase rice, beans, sugar, oil, salt, soap, bleach, sweets, soft drinks, juices, chilies, tomatoes, onions and canned goods.


Las Obreras Group's story

The Las Obreras group has twelve friendly and hard-working members. Each of them has a business. This group is located in the worker community of the la margarita cane sugar mill. This community’s inhabitants grow and harvest sugar cane and others work as skilled workers at the cane sugar mill.


Jose Manuel is one of the members in this group. He is 48 years old. He went to high school and he is single. He tells us that a little more than six years ago, he decided to start working at his own business. He opened a small business in his house, a beverage store. It has grown over the years and now, he doesn’t only sell beverages. He also sells groceries and sweets. He says that in these years, his store has gained lots of customers since his store always is well stocked and he happily tends to his customers, so that they always return. Jose Manuel opens his store every day very early and closes when the last customer leaves. He will invest this loan in the purchase of rice, beans, sugar, oil, salt, soap, bleach, sweets, soft drinks, juices, chilies, tomatoes, onions and canned goods in order to restock his business. He hopes that this investment will increase his sales and earnings so that he can continue growing his business and he will be able to have a better quality of life.


The other members of the group are:
Vicenta - food sales
Cristina - grocery sales
Narcisa - stationery store
Juana - shoe sales
Federico - washing machine repairs
Margarita - underwear sales
Georgina - bedding sales
Mary Cruz - shoe sales
Isabel - cosmetic sales
Andrea -perfume sales
Coral -perfume sales

In this group: Vicenta , Maria Cristina , Narcisa , Juana , Federico , Margarita , Georgina *, Jose Manuel , Mary Cruz , Isabel *, Andrea , Corral
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson


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