A loan of $5,350 helped a member to buy merchandise to stock her store.


El Lirio Group's story

María Santa is another member of the “Lirio” (Lilly) group. She’s 29 years old and did not have the opportunity to attend school. She’s married to Vicente and they have two children.

María Santa relates that ten years ago she was anxious to go to work to help her husband with household expenses so she opened a little grocery store. She says that she likes her business very much because it doesn’t require too much of her time and she doesn’t neglect her family. She’s very happy that as time has passed she’s acquired many customers who come by to make their purchases. Despite the store being small, it’s very well stocked so that her customers always find what they are looking for and won’t have to go to other stores. Her business has taught her family teamwork because they all take turns tending to it. She will use the loan to buy oil, canned food, beans, rice, soft-drinks, candy, Sabritas [brand of snacks], sweet bread, cookies, salt, sugar, mayonnaise, soap and chlorine bleach to stock her store.

She hopes with this investment that her store will acquire more customers so that her profits will increase and she will be able to offer her children more schooling and a better quality of life.

The rest of the group members are:

Celia – sells clothes
Irma – sells chicken
Laura – sells chicken
Felipe – chair rental
María del Carmen – food sales
Emmanuel – tire repair shop
Ernesto – food sales

In this group: Laura, Irma, Maria Del Carmen, Maria Santa, Emmanuel, Ernesto Jesus*, Celia, Felipe
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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