A loan of $3,100 helped a member to stock up her convenience store business with food products, such as basic grains, meat, sodas, etc., and also to buy ingredients for making food for sale.


Microempresa Familiar Group's story

Vilma, aged 30, is a single mother of three children aged between 8 and 12. She lives in a village in the municipality of Jutiapa, in Atlántida.

A year and a half ago, she established her own business where she sells everyday grocery products, such as basic grains, meat, sodas, and grocery products in general. She also sells food and candy with her mother at a school cafeteria in the community, from which she receives additional income.

Vilma has kept her convenience store stocked by means of loans, which have permitted her to increase her income. She is currently requesting her sixth loan to purchase more food products to stock up her convenience store, and to purchase ingredients for making the food in the cafeteria.

Her plan is to continue growing her business.

She belongs to a group called "Microempresa Familiar" ["Family Micro-Business"], which is made up of three members. Vilma can be identified in the middle of the photo by her striped blouse. On the left is Doña Rosa who works selling merchandise, and on the right is Luis Omar, who works raising and selling pigs. They all live in the same community.

In this group: Vilma Aracely, Rosa Julia, Luis Omar

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack



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