A loan of $975 helped a member to stock her corner shop.

Las Emprendedoras De La Q Group's story

Sra. Luz Carmen, 38, is separated from her husband. She has 3 young children, two of whom are in school. She operates a corner shop where she sells beer, soft drinks and everyday staples. She has operated the business for a year and supplements her income with cleaning jobs. Luz can cover the costs, with much hard work, of food for her family and basic utilities such as electricity and water. She started the business because she wanted to build a house and pay for therapy services for her youngest daughter. For the future, she wants to grow her business and start new ones. She also wants to help her children study and work for paid careers. Luz Carmen will use this loan to stock her corner shop with merchandise--rice, sugar, etc.--that she will resell. The "Las Emprendedoras de la Q" community bank has 5 members and Luz Carmen has served as group president from the time it was formed.

In this group: Rosa Teresa, Karin Carmen, Elisabeth Amparo, Sofia Victoria, Luz Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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