A loan of $1,400 helped a member to buy ingredients for preparing meals.

Las Estrellitas Group's story

The group known as "Las Estrellitas" is made up of 5 women who all live in a neighborhood called Colosio and run different businesses.

The interviewee was Maria Jesus. She is 31, married to Jose Omar, and they have three children who are in preschool and elementary school. This is her first time as a member of the group, and she is asking for a loan to buy ingredients to make meals to sell at the high school where she has been working for two years. She says that it's going well because with her work she has made more money for their household. She was inspired to to this work to support her husband with their income and give her family the things that they need so that they can keep moving forward for as long as God gives them life.

What she wants most is to keep working so that she can expand her business a little, because right now where she sells is sort of informal.

The group members are: Irma, who will buy agricultural products like ground coffee, tascalate [a chocolate drink blend] and animal feed made of rice bran; Matilde will invest in dishes for resale; Flor de Maria will buy chicken feed; and Martha will purchase ingredients to make meals.

In this group: Irma, Matilde Alicia, Flor De Maria, Maria Jesus, Martha Viney

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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