A loan of $1,700 helped a member to purchase cooking oil, canned food, beans, rice, beverages,candies, snacks, cakes, crackers,salt, sugar, mayonnaise, soap and bleach.


El Suspiro Group's story

El suspiro ("the sigh") is a group made up of 9 happy and hard working women. Each one of them in engaged in an economic activity that enables her to provide a better quality of life to her family. They are: Martha, who sells refreshments, Amelia sells snacks, Herminia sells snacks, Maria del Carmen sells refreshments, Marial Isabel sells groceries, Ofelia sells snacks, Reyna sell perfumes, Eugenia sell snacks, Dulce Maria has a repair shop.

Maria Isabel is 36 years old, has a high school education and is married to Mr. Gregorio with whom she has two children. She says that from a young age her parents taught her to work hard so that she could get ahead and help her husband with the expenses of the home and this way provide a better life for her children.

Doña Maria Isabel opened a small grocery store in her home 10 years ago. This has given her the opportunity to work and earn her own money. What she most enjoys of her business is dealing with people on a daily basis and being able to provide a service to her community. She opens her business every day from eight in the morning and until her last customer leaves. In her store, she sells some groceries, refreshments and sweets.

She will invest this loan in the purchase of cooking oil, canned food, beans, rice, beverages,candies, snacks, cakes, crackers,salt, sugar, mayonnaise, soap and bleach to better supply her store.

She hopes that with this investment her business will continue to prosper and her income will grow and in the future her daughters will be able to get a better education.

"Thank you for the loan that was given to my whole group. This helps us very much in our businesses."

In this group: Martha , Herminia, Maria Del Carmen , Maria Isabel, Ofelia *, Reyna , Dulce Maria , Amelia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Bobbit


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