A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy rice, beans, sugar, salt, cooking oil, candy, drinks, canned goods, flour, toilet paper, and toothpaste.

Dania Group's story

Camila, 35 years old, is a member of the Dania group. She completed secondary school and is married to Ruben, with whom she has 4 children. She says that she learned to work at a very young age by completing household chores. However, she wanted to work at a job that would allow her a bit of money to contribute to household expenses since the financial situation became worse every day and there was not enough money.

Four years ago, with her husband's help, she opened a small grocery store in her home. This has worked well because she has many customers. She said, "Now that I have my business, I always look for the best way to stock it so customers find what they need, and so they return to shop here again." The aspect Camila likes most about her work is working with people daily and attending to her business without neglecting her family.

Camila will invest this loan into buying rice, beans, sugar, salt, candy, drinks, canned goods, flour, toilet paper, and toothpaste to restock her business and continue her sales. She hopes that the profit she earns in the future will be invested into store maintenance and to home improvements.

The other members of the group are:

Georgina, who sells drinks
Mirna, who sells drinks
Grabriela, who sells corn and runs a mill
Araceli, who sells home items
Liliana, who sells enchilada meat
Francisca, who sells drinks
Yanet, who sells corn, corn paste, and tortillas
Valentina, who sells candy and drinks

In this group: Mirna , Gabriela , Araceli, Gregoria , Liliana , Francisca , Yanet, Camila , Valentina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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