A loan of $2,050 helped a member repair and service her computers, as well as purchase ink cartridges, reams of paper and other supplies for her internet cafe.

El Inicio Group's story

El Inicio (The Start) is an entrepreneurial group made up of 7 hardworking, upbeat and kind people who decided to give this name to their business in honor of their first loan from VisionFund. The group is located in the community of San Agustin, an area in which many residents work in the rubber industry extracting pitch and rubber resin from trees. The other major industry in the region is the cultivation of sugar cane.

Amelia is 23 years old, and studied two years at a university. She is a single mother with a young son, and just over a year ago, she opened up an internet café in a small space in the front of her home. She comments that, “I thank God that business is going well, and since I am located just across the street from the school, many customers visit my café.”

Amelia offers several services to her customers, including computer access, document scanning and printing. She believes that things are going well because she is very attentive to customer needs and will even help customers learn how to use computers free of charge. She plans to use the support from this loan to repair and service some of her computers, as well as to purchase ink cartridges and reams of copy paper to restock the business. Amelia hopes that this investment will help to grow and strengthen her business, leading to an improved quality of life for her and a better future for her son. She also would like to begin selling USB flash drives at her business.

The other group members are:
Margarita, whop operates a general store.
Armando, who sells hot dogs.
Imelda, who sells traditional Mexican food.
Maria del Carmen, who sells perfume.
Leonor, who sells traditional Mexican food.
Evelia, who sells shoes.

In this group: Margarita , Amelia , Armando , Imelda , María Del Carmen , Leonor , Evelia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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