A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy flour, eggs, baking soda, shortening, etc.

Amigos Unidos Group's story

Ligia Mercedes, is a member of communal bank “Amigos Unidos” (United Friends), is 56 years old. Her family consists of her husband, whom makes a living farming, and three sons and one daughter.

Ligia started selling clothing, meat and rice wrapped in banana leaf (mecatamales), and other products. She learned how to bake bread while at a very young age since some of her neighbors were in this occupation and because she was a bit curious she’d sneak out from home to go see how these neighbors prepared the ingredients to make the bread and how they then baked it.

She does the work by herself but when she gets many orders she looks for someone to help her. One of her problems is that the economic situation is very difficult and besides there are other people engaged in the same activity and the market isn’t very big.

She will use the loan to buy sugar, baking soda, yeast, shortening, milk and flour. With support from the loan she will be able to invest in her business which will produce income to move her family forward. Ligia has been working with FAMA for fourteen years and thanks be to God and to her family who have been very supportive of her, she’s never failed to make her payments.

In this group: Ligia Mercedes, Maura Catalina, Dilma Clemencia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alberto Jaramillo

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