A loan of $2,650 helped a member to purchase in-season fruits.


Sombrerito Group's story

The "Sombrerito" ("Little Hat") communal bank is comprised of ten members, eight women and two men. The leader of the group is Roxana, who's 32 years old and has two children aged 5 and 8. Roxana sells fruits that are in season. She has a regular stand in one of the busiest markets in the town of Santa Cruz, where she sells her products. This loan is her third one with the institution. Roxana will use this loan to purchase in-season fruits by wholesale, such as citrus fruit, in order to fight the winter. That way she'll provide a variety of fruits for her customers and increase her profits. The reason why she requests this loan is to keep on improving her business. Roxana will use the profits to continue buying various fruits according to the season. Roxana is a very hardworking person. She feels happy for the opportunity that she and her fellow group members are getting, since in some cases they support their families single-handedly.

In this group: Roxana, Jessica, Simona, Flabia, Julian, Miguel Angel, Maria Leidy, Claudia Susana, Damiana , Jaquelin

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff



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