A loan of $5,575 helped a member to buy soft drinks, cookies, juices, rice, beans, eggs, sugar, salt and soups.

San Antonio Group's story

"La Cañada" is the name of the communal bank comprised of 20 members who are kind, hard-working and cheerful. Each member of the group has his/her own business, trying to make extra income to improve their family's lifestyles. This group is located in the sugarcane area and most people work in the fields (planting or cutting sugarcane).

The members of this group are:

Adela, who sells sweets
Rosalia, who sells groceries
Aurora, who sells soft drinks
Georgina, who sells shoes
Ignacia, who sells groceries
Maria Esther, who sells softdrinks
Alicia, who sells sweets
Maria Teresa, who sells sweets
Micaela, who sells fruits and vegetables
Jose Roberto, collection services
Minerva, who sells clothing
Maria Antonia, who sells clothing
Caritina, who sells cosmetics
Lorena, who sells snack foods
Silvio, who has a nutrition club
Margarita, who has a nutrition club
Maria Guadalupe, grinding services
Roberta, who sells costume jewelry
Maria Elena, who sells snack foods
Ofelio, who sells fruits and vegetables

Rosalía, 43, only has a second grade education. She is married to Eduardo who is a wage earner. They have two children, Crisanta, 19, and Eduarda, 13, who are in high school.

Rosalía says she started her own soft drink business two years ago, out of her home, since she wanted to help her husband with the household expenses and to give her daughter an education. She claims that business has grown little by little, and what was once a soft drink business has now become a small grocery store. Her house is located on a road that has many travelers who stop for refreshments; so this increases her sales volume. What Rosalía enjoys most about her business is that she can work without neglecting her family.

She will use the loan to buy soft drinks, cookies, toilet tissue, soap, bleach, juices, rice, beans, sweets, eggs, sugar, salt and soups. She hopes this investment will help her business grow and increase her profits so she can pay for her daughter's university studies.

This group is grateful to the foundation for the support through the loan.

In this group: Adela , Rosalia, Aurora , Georgina, Ignacia , Maria Esther *, Alicia , Maria Teresa , Micaela , Jose Roberto *, Minerva , Maria Antonia *, Caritina , Lorena , Silvio , Margarita , Maria Guadalupe , Roberta , Maria Elena , Ofelio *
*not pictured

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details