A loan of $2,950 helped a member to purchase a variety of plants for resale.

Fe Y Eperanza Group's story

The group, Fe y Esperanza, is composed of five women who are very united and responsible. It is located in the community of Palma Cuata, where, despite being a large community, there is no transportation and the only ways to get there are by asking for a ride or by paying for special trips.

The members of the group are Isabel, plant sales; Fidelina, soft drink sales; Margarita, clothing sales; Coral, clothing sales and Angelica, shoe sales.

Doña Isabel is one of the women who belongs to this group. She is 55 years old, only studied until primary school and is married to Don Lucio. They have six children but currently only two depend on her and are in primary school. Doña Isabel says that she has always liked to work because as a very young child her parents taught her to work to get ahead. Consequently she has always looked for a way to sell something so that she could earn her own money. A little over six years ago she started selling plants, which she buys and resells to friends and acquaintances in the community. When she started her business she used to leave her house to offer her plants but now people come to her home because now they know her and where her house is located. In addition, she also sells metal presses for tortilla-making and says that many are sold and that currently she has several on order.

Isabel will invest the loan in the purchase of a variety of plants y presses. She wants her business to grow more and more each day and her income to increase because she wants to give her children a better education.

In this group: Isabel, Fidelina, Margarita, Coral, Angélica

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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