A loan of $6,050 helped a member to buy cooking oil, canned food, beans, rice, soft drinks, sweets, chips, sweet bread, biscuits, salt, sugar and mayonnaise.

El Aserradero Group's story

Adela is one of the members of the El Aserradero (The Sawmill), a group of 18 people who decided to give this name to their group in order to be easily identified, as this is the name of their community, whose main economic activity is growing sugar cane. This is a very charismatic, hard-working and close-knit group, and these are its members and their activities:
Maria Felix, who sells clothes;
Maurilia, who engages in carpentry;
Adela, who runs a general store;
Brijida, who sells soft drinks;
Ricarda, who sells clothes;
Isadora, who sells cosmetics;
Maria del Socorro, who sells chickens;
Berenice, who sells meat;
Isabel, who sells snacks;
Eugenio, who runs a grocery store;
Cruz, who sells clothes;
Nancy Alicia, who sells fruits and vegetables;
Maria de los Angeles, who sells meals;
Alma Nelly, who sells shoes;
Daria, who sells snacks;
Obdulia, who sells shoes;
Demecia, who sells snacks;
Marcela who sells snacks.

Adela is 53 years old, she studied up to the fifth year of primary school; she is married with Angel, and her children are already married. She has told us she has always had to work, first to help her husband paying for their family expenses, and then nowadays, as she has to provide for their family since her husband is now disabled. Adela has told us that she started selling pig meat and meat with chili to her friends and to the neighbors of her community; however, she had always wanted to run a small grocery store, and thanks to her job, one year ago she had a small locale built next to her house where she opened her grocery store. She says that she likes keeping her store always stocked up so that her customers can always find what they are looking for. Even though she already has her own grocery store, she keeps on selling meat, and her husband helps her running the shop.
She will invest her loan in the purchase of cooking oil, canned food, beans, rice, soft drinks, sweets, chips, sweet bread, biscuits, salt, sugar and mayonnaise, in order to stock up her shop.
She hopes that this loan will help her activity grow, as she wishes to have a better standard of living; she will invest her earnings in stocking up her shop.
This group is thankful for the support and the trust shown in granting this loan.

In this group: Maria Felix, Maurilia, Adela, Brijida, Ricarda, Isadora, Maria Del Socorro, Berenice, Isabel*, Eugenio, Cruz, Nancy Alicia, Maria De Los Angeles*, Alma Nelly, Daria*, Obdulia, Demecia, Marcela
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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