A loan of $5,375 helped a member to buy stock merchandise for her grocery store.

Josefinas Group's story

The “Josefinas” group has 11 women and is located in a zone that besides being sugarcane producing area the residents also work collecting resin from rubber trees. The group members are: Norma Elena who sells costume jewelry, Socorro who sells items for the home, María Basilia who sells Mexican fast-food snacks, Maricruz who sells costume jewelry, Sandra who sells clothes, Margarita who sells candy, Magdalena who sells groceries, Yaracet who sells shoes, Adoradila who sells groceries, Yesenia who sells chicken and Victoria who sells sweets and fried snacks.

Adoradila is one of the women in the group; she’s 42-years-old and only went to elementary school and is single. She relates that she’s always liked to work but that a little over two years ago opened a small grocery store at home. First she started selling soft-drinks and candy and gradually has made it grow and today she also sells groceries.

She says that she decided to open her own grocery store to earn a little extra money to help her parents. Besides, she’s noticed that it’s a good business because she always sells even if it’s just a little bit.

She needs this loan to buy soft-drinks, rice, powdered detergent, chlorine bleach, shampoo and toothpaste to restock her store. Her customers are satisfied because they always find what they are looking for. She is very happy and tells us that she hopes her business will progress more each day.

In this group: Norma Elena, Socorro, María Basilisa, Maricruz, Sandra*, Margarita, Magdalena Rocío, Yaracet, Adoradila, Yesenia, Victoria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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