A loan of $2,950 helped a member to buy groceries and a variety of thread and hooks.

Los Ficus Group's story

Laura, 34, is another member of this group. She studied up to secondary school. She's married to Gilberto, who works as a carpenter. She has three children but only one is dependent because the older ones are married.

She says that a few months ago she decided to start her business selling groceries to help her husband with the household expenses. She makes grocery sales every day. She has all her grocery products on some shelves. She's very happy about her business because every day she has more customers. In her free time, Laura also does handicrafts such as blouses and woven jackets, which she sells to her friends and neighbors.

Laura needs this loan to buy thread, hooks, oil, sweets, bread, canned goods, juice, soda, beans, rice, bread crumbs, bleach, soap, detergent, lamps, and bath soap to later sell. She hopes that her business will prosper and get ahead with this investment because she wants it to be one of the main grocery stores in her community.

The other members of the group are Elizabeth, cosmetics sales; María, cosmetics sales; Francisco, butcher shop; María Teresa, snack preparation; Leonicia, pork sausage preparation and sales; Felipa, cosmetics sales; Dulce María, clothing sales; Carolina, perfume sales; Josefina, plastic household products sales; Patricia, grocery sales; and Maricela, pork sausage sales.

In this group: Patricia, Elizabet, Maria, Carolina, Laura, Maria Teresa, Leonicia, Felipa, Francisco*, Dulce María, Josefina, Maricela
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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