A loan of $1,400 helped a member to establish a stall in the market.

Rafael Ramirez Group's story

Group Rafael Ramirez is a solidarity group consisting of six people who have been neighbors and friends for the past ten years. Their names are Jovita, Dora, Evangelina, Roxana, and Erika. They are all businesswomen dedicated to the sale of clothing, shoes and food.

Rosa is married and is 64 years old. She has six children who are all married. She lives with her husband and sells in the markets. She works to help her husband with the household expenses. Since his salary is very small it isn't sufficient to live as she would like. Rosa plans to use her loan to buy a structure to establish a post in the market, since she currently displays her merchandise on the ground. She would like to eventually have the largest and best-stocked stall in the market. She sells clothing but also wants to invest in the sale of shoes in order to have more sales and improve her quality of life.

In this group: Dora Elia, Erika, Evangelina, Jovita, Rosa, Roxana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Dan Fulwiler

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