A loan of $3,950 helped a member to buy new clothes (blouses and dresses for girls) and used American clothes (blouses, skirts, shirts and shorts).

Paraiso De Los Claveles Group's story

The new members of this group are Florencia, who will use her loan to buy new and used clothes; Manuela, who will buy sugar, paint, flavors, bags and drinking straws; Arcelia, who will buy a "comal" (a griddle), a base for the comal, gas, an aluminum jar and a gas tank to fit out her shop; Luz María, who will buy cosmetics and perfumes; and Epifanía, who will buy soap, eggs, oil and sugar. The other members of the group keep on engaging in their respective activities. Florencia is 55 years old, she is a single mother of 3 adult sons who are all married. She sells new clothes and used American clothes that she will sell in the street markets. She is requesting a loan to buy new clothes such as blouses and dresses for girls, as well as used American clothes such as blouses, skirts, shirts and shorts. She started her activity 3 years ago out of necessity, and her activity is important for her because the income it generates helps her buying food and investing in the purchase of clothes for her activity. She hopes that her activity will keep on growing, and that also her children will be willing to run their own activities. This is what the members of the group want to say to Kiva and to Fundacion Realida: “thank you for your loans, they help us making our activities grow. If only the interest rates would lower”.

In this group: Edith, Jacinta, Violeta, Ernestina, Florencia, Manuela, Arcelia, Luz Maria, Epifania

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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