A loan of $3,900 helped a member to buy erasers, pencils, pens, white and colored paper, glue, pencil sharpeners, construction paper, bond paper, and markers.

Perseverantes Group's story

The group Perseverante is located in the community of San Agustin which is characterized by having many rubber trees in its outskirts and by its people who work cutting sugar cane. This group is comprised of 11 women, each of whom has developed a business with the intention of earning a little money to be able to support their family and give them a better quality of life.
Maria Cohinta is one of the group members. She is 40 years old, studied in the university, and is married to Edgar. She has 4 children. Maria Cohinta has always been a hardworking woman who has worked to help with the household expenses but, a little more than a year ago, she decided to open a stationery store as she thinks that she will earn more working in her own business.
She has her business in her home and opens very early so that she can give her customers good service. She also tells us that she likes to have a little of everything so that her customers can always find what they need. What she most likes about her business is that she has time to run it without neglecting her family and that she can offer a service to her friends in the community.
Maria Cohinta will use this loan to buy erasers, pencils, pens, sheets of white and colored paper, glue, pencil sharpeners, construction paper, bond paper, and markers.
She hopes that, with this loan, her business will continue to develop as she wants to keep growing the business and increasing the stock.
This group is grateful to the foundation for the loan and the trust that has been placed in them.
Reyna has a cybercafe.
Loyda grows and harvests corn.
Adilene sells shoes.
Victoria makes pastries.
Maria Concepcion sells soft drinks.
Carmela sells household goods.
Matilde sells perfumes.
Luz del Carmen sells soft drinks.
Cecilia sells snacks.
Smirna sells household goods.

In this group: Reyna De Los Remedios, Adilene, Maria Concepcion, Carmela, Loyda, Maria Cohinta, Victoria, Matilde, Luz Del Carmen, Cecilia, Smirna

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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