A loan of $7,350 helped a member to buy grocery store items to stock her store.

La Alegría Group's story

“La Alegría” [Happiness] group is comprised of 16 people. They are:

Carolina: Sells groceries
Rosa: Sells groceries
Teresa: Sells groceries
Reyna: Sells chicken
Andrea: Sells groceries
Idiana: Sells groceries
Juliana: Sells bread
Cecilia: Sells clothes
María del Carmen: Sells groceries
Vanesa: Sells snacks
Teodoro: Sells tacos
Mariana: Beautician
Margarita: Sells desserts
Martina: Sells food
Luis: Grows sugarcane
Yolanda: Sells snacks

This group is located in Corrales, whose main source of work is in growing sugarcane.

Carolina, age 35, only attended elementary school. She is married to Jorge, a day worker, and they have one child. She tells us that over 20 years ago, with her husband’s support, she opened a small grocery store in her home. During that time she has worked hard in the store. She has won over many customers because she always likes to be stocked with products. She also likes to treat her customers well so that they recommend her and return to make purchases in her store.

What she likes the best about her business is that the whole family tends to it. They are teaching their son, since he was little, to earn a living. She plans to use the loan to buy rice, beans, sugar, salt, cooking oil, sweets, soft drinks, canned goods, flour, toilet paper, and toothpaste. She wants to restock her business and continue with her sales. She hopes that her business continues growing. That way she will be able to give her son more education, and she will be able to give him the opportunity to study for a career.

In this group: Carolina, Rosa, Teresa, Reyna*, Andrea, Idiana*, Juliana, Cecilia, María Del Carmen, Vanesa, Teodora, Mariana, Margarita, Martina, Luis, Yolanda
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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