A loan of $2,950 helped a member to buy rice, beans, canned goods, sweets, soft drinks, juices, chips, soap, detergent, bleach, fabric softener, oil, bread, and flavorings.


Centenario Group's story

José Manuel is a member of the group Centenario, which is located a lake that most of the town's economy depends on. Most of the people in his town work fishing and selling fish. José Manuel is 24 years old and single. He has a high school education. He decided to open his own business in order to help his family pay its household expenses since the country is in a difficult situation. José Manuel thinks that by running his own business, he can aspire to have a better financial well-being.

He is very content not only to have his own business, but also to be able to offer his service to the community so they may obtain their groceries at low prices and in good quality. José Manuel comments that he got the idea to open his business three years ago because he thinks that this business has a good future since there are no off-seasons for groceries. He thanks God that his business has gone very well for him and that each day he gets more customers.

José Manuel will invest this loan to buy rice, beans, canned goods, sweets, soft drinks, juices, potato chips, soap, detergent, bleach, fabric softener, oil, bread, and flavorings to keep his store going. He hopes that in the future, he will be able to keep giving his family a better quality of life.

The other members of this group are:

Virginia, who sells fish;
Carmen, who sells chicken;
Emilia, who sells clothing;
Ana, who sells cosmetics;
Ofelia, who sells fish;
Maricela, who sells groceries;
Perfecta, who sells fish;
Modesta, who sells soft drinks;
Josefina, who sells food.

In this group: Virginia , Carmen, José Manuel , Emilia , Maricela , Ana , Ofelia *, Perfecta, Modesta, Josefina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven


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