A loan of $7,775 helped a member to buy milk, sodas, sugar, beans, detergent, bread, eggs, etc.


El Campo (Gandería) Group's story

"El Campo" (The Field in Spanish) is formed by 7 responsible and joyful women. They all are doing their best to offer their children better living conditions. They chose this name for the group because they gather in a soccer field to talk about matters related to their loan. The members shared that on weekends, the field is completely crowded with soccer followers. "El Campo" group is a very loyal one, whenever one of the members gets in trouble, all the other women try to help. Doña Celia is part of the group. She is 52 years old and she married Alfredo 40 years ago. They had a large family, but for the time being only one of their sons is still depending on them. The child is attending junior high. "I run a small general store. My husband started it 35 years ago." The name of the store was actually chosen by a soda supplier. Celia mentioned that her husband began the business because the family needed a source of income since Celia's husband did not have a job back then. They started selling candy right at their home, but then they invested and bought a larger land. Then, they started building the home and the establishment as well. "We have grown little by little. At the beginning we lived where there were no facilities and we did not have many customers." Now, Celia is asking for a loan to buy rice, sugar, milk, eggs, canned tune, sodas, and cleaning products to restock her store. The current challenge she has to face is that there are many other general stores around and she needs to have more products so that she does not lose her clients. "I don't want my store to stop because I still want to help my child with his studies. I want to help him make his dreams come true: he wants to be a radio announcer just like his older brother." All the members of the group are happy and grateful for the loan. They will all invest in their activities. Rosa, Leticia and María Guadalupe will buy sheep to raise them. Josefina will buy pigs. Zenaida will buy school supplies for her stationery store. Esperanza will buy pigs to raise them too.

In this group: Rosa , Zenaida, Celia, Leticia, Esperanza, María Guadalupe, Josefina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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