A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy cosmetics, meat and chilies.

La Guadalupana Group's story

“La Guadalupana” is a group composed of 8 enterprising women. Adela sells fast-food, Nicolasa meat, Elvira raises pigs, Rosa Elvira sells fast-food, Bernarda sells groceries, Rodolfa sells crafts, Yessenia sells clothes and Maclovia sells fast-food. This group is located in a sugar producing region.

Nicolasa, 43, studied up to third year of secondary school. She’s married to Amado who is a musician. The couple has three children who attend school. She tells us that three years ago she decided to start working to help her husband with household expenses.

She started out selling chili-seasoned meat and longaniza [sausage] a little more than ten years ago and cosmetics four years ago. She sells house to house offering her meat and showing her catalogues to take orders. She tells us that even though it is work that requires a lot of walking, she likes it because she gets to meet more people and acquire more customers.

She needs the loan to buy catalogues, lipstick, perfume, deodorant, eye liner, liquid make-up, nail polish, meat and a variety of chilies. Nicolasa hopes that with this investment her business will prosper because she wants to give her children a better quality of life.

In this group: Elvira, Bernarda, Rosa Elvira, Rodolfa*, Adela, Yessenia, Nicolasa, Maclovia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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