A loan of $4,050 helped a member to buy supplies to use to make different kinds of prepared food for sale.

La Semillita Group's story

Mrs. Rosa is 51 years old and is married to Mr. Lucindo, with whom she has four children. All of her children are married and live with their famiies. Mrs. Rosa is part of a group called “Little Seeds”. Why they chose this name is because they are a new group and they hope to have a good “harvest” from their loans.
Mrs. Rosa has a small, economical kitchen in her neighborhood, which is on the main highway that runs through the community. She decided to situate her business here as trucks, buses and vehicles pass by daily. It is easy to sell the drivers food, flavored water and soda. Mrs. Rosa rises daily and buys supplies, such as fresh beans, in the supply center of the community. She buys the drinks from a supplier that comes twice a week. At eight in the morning she begins to cook her stews in order to sell them for lunches or mealtime. She says that she likes her work a lot as she gets to know people from all parts of the country that pass by here on their travels. Mrs. Rosa is asking for this loan in order to buy the ingredients that she uses the most in the preparation of her food such as beef, chicken, pork and vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, tomatillos, green tomatoes, chiles, onions, etc. If she receives this loan, with her earnings she will continue to purchase more supplies.
The other ten members of the group are named Maria Balbina, Adela, Maria Isabel, Maria Santos, Edith, Jose David, Maria Guadalupe, Diana, Karen Bianey and Rosa Maria. They would like to invest in their businesses such as selling cellular phones, buying women’s, men’s and children’s clothes, selling flowers, selling shoes from a catalogue, selling seasonal fruits and vegetables, selling cosmetics, selling groceries and finally, selling costume jewelry.

In this group: María Balbina, Rosa, Adela, María Isabel, María Santos, Edith*, José David, María Guadalupe, Diana, Keren Bianey*, Rosa María
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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