A loan of $775 helped a member to buy ingredients for making bread.

Santo Domingo Group's story

This group is called "Santo Domingo," and it is formed by three women who have different businesses. They live in a town called Tecpatan, which is an hour from Copainala.

Señora Normalda, who was interviewed, is a housewife. She is married to Señor Luciano, with whom she has five children. Three are already married, and two are still her responsibility. She has been married for 30 years. She married very young, at the age of 15, and she comments that she is very happy.

Normalda has been making tamales for three years. She says that it is going well for her, since the loan helps her to buy ingredients that she uses to make them. She buys banana leaves, meat, and raisins, among other ingredients. Thus her customers can buy from her with more enthusiasm.

She prepares the tamales and goes out to sell them from door to door and to deliver them to customers who order them, and this is how she can obtain income and earnings from her business.

She has worked since she was very young, and so she doesn't see anything bad about working like this. She thinks that it is nice work, since she meets many people.

The other members of the group are Señora Araley, who will invest the loan in the purchase of shoes of the Terra brand to sell, and Señora Rosalinda, who will invest in the purchase of coffee and cacao to sell.

In this group: Araley, Normaida, Rosalinda

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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