A loan of $2,275 helped a member to buy fertilizers, manure, food, tires, cookies, eggs, cooking oil, salt, sugar, rice, beans, coffee, spices, candy, toilet paper, safety razors, napkins, soft drinks, flavorings and canned goods.


Jalapilla Group's story

Veronica is another member of the Jalapilla group. She is 32, and is studying for a degree in education. Currently she is living in a common-law relationship with Santiago Ruiz. They have a five-year-old son named Juan Diego, who attends pre-school. Vero (as she is called in the community) has been growing sugarcane for a few years, which she sells to the sugar refinery. She raises cattle (cows), and has a truck that she rents at harvest time (when the refineries begin production), for transporting sugarcane. Vero is a very enterprising woman as she also has a small grocery store in her home. She decided to start working, as she wished to help her husband with the household expenses, give a better quality of life to her son, and finish her degree. Vero tells us that the harvest time is when it goes best, as this is when they cut her sugarcane, she rents her truck, and more groceries are sold. She needs this loan to buy fertilizers, manure, food, tires, cookies, eggs, cooking oil, salt, sugar, rice, beans, coffee, spices, candy, toilet paper, safety razors, napkins, soft drinks, flavorings and canned goods. Vero wishes her business to prosper and provide good earnings, as she wishes her little son to study for a university degree, and to help him have a better future. The other members of the group are Eva, who sells underwear, footwear, and sheets, Ana who sells chicken, and Maria de Jesús who sells cosmetics.

In this group: Eva, Veronica, Ana , Maria De Jesus
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie


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