A loan of $3,025 helped a member to purchase beans, rice, oil, cookies, candy, soup, beverages, cheese, cream, milk, salt, sugar, ham and canned goods.

Las Fresas Group's story

'Las Fresas' is the name of this group of 10 very hard-working and entrepreneurial women. Each member of the group carries out their own business activity with a view to earning a little extra money to help their husbands with their household expenses and provide her family with a better quality of life. The main business activities in this community are growing sugar cane and collecting resin from rubber trees.

Arianna is one of the members of this group. She is 25 years old and has a high school education. She is married to Jose Luis who works as an agricultural laborer and the couple have one son. Arianna tells us that her parents taught her to work when she was very young and when she got married she decided to find a way to help her husband with their household expenses so that they could save up and give their children a better life. For a little over two years, Arianna has been running a small grocery store in her home. She tells us that, at first, it was difficult to attract customers but she didn't become discouraged. On the contrary, she attracted customers by providing good customer service and keeping her business stocked. She is very happy with her store because she can work without having to neglect her family. Even her husband helps her to serve the customers. A loan from Fundación Realidad would help her to buy soap, oil, beans, rice, soup, toothpaste, napkins, sweet treats and soft drinks so that she can re-stock her business. She hopes that, as a result of this investment, her business will continue to grow because she would like to be able to pay for her son's future education.

The other members of this group are:
Dominga - chicken sales
Martha - shoe sales
Florinda - grocery sales
Alejandra - cosmetics sales
Lucero - sale of sweet treats
Francisca - snack sales
Nora Yasmin - grocery sales
Mireya - bread sales
Maria del Rocio - shoe sales

In this group: Dominga, Martha, Florinda, Arianna, Alejandra, Lucero, Francisca, Nora Yasmin, Mireya, Maria Del Rosario

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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