A loan of $2,125 helped a member to buy chickens.

Las Palomas Group's story

The Las Palomas group has seven cheerful, friendly and hard-working members, each of whom has their own business activity. Perfecta sells chicken, Raquel sells clothing, Maria Isabel sells cosmetics, Cipriana Gabriela sells food and provides a dressmaking service, Angela sells footwear, and Celsa and Jose Luis sell underwear. The group is located in a region where people grow sugarcane.

Perfecta tells us that her parents only sent her to school up to high school level and then taught her to work so that she could earn a living and provide for herself. She is the single mother of two children and has had to work hard as a saleswoman in order to provide for them. She currently sells chicken (in pieces) and cheese. She places her scales and her products on a table in front of her house. As she has been selling for a number of years, she doesn't have to go out to make her sales as her customers come to her. She also tells us that in her free time she weaves bags and blouses which she then sells to make a little extra money. What Perfecta likes most about her business is that she can take care of it without neglecting her children. At the same time, she is able to teach her children to work as they sometimes help her to serve her customers. Perfecta will invest this loan in buying chickens and cheese so that she can continue making her sales. In the future, she would like to continue building her house and ensure her children further their studies.

This group is grateful to Fundación Realidad for the support that they are providing through this loan.

In this group: Perfecta, Raquel, María Isabel, Cipriana Gabriela, Ángela, Celsa, José Luis

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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