A loan of $1,250 helped a member to stock up with food supplements and shoes.

Santa Monica Group's story

The Santa Monica group is a loan support group, which is comprised of 6 people. They are neighbors who have known each other for more than 9 years. Five of them are merchants who make a living by selling shoes, and others sell beauty products. Their names are Arely, Mayra del Carmen, Laura, Brenda, Elvia, and Milagros.

Mayra del Carmen is married and has 2 children who are 13 and 5 years old. She makes a living by selling shoes and food supplements, and has done so for over 6 years. She sells these products to acquaintances and family members.

She really enjoys selling, and does so in her free time so she never neglects her children. Mayra will use the money to stock up on shoes and natural products in order to have a larger inventory in both business areas.

In the future, Mayra would like to have her own business to sell natural products and to offer healthier breakfasts to her neighbors. She also wants to become a shoe store owner, so she can provide a better future for her children and pay for their university studies.

In this group: Arely Viridiana, Bredna Flor, Elvia, Laura Rosario, Mayra Del Carmen, Milagros Aleida

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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