A loan of $2,825 helped a member to buy soft drinks, bread, eggs, milk and Sabrita snacks etc.

Santa Rosa Group's story

The Santa Rosa Group is made up of seven members, six women and one man. All are very responsible and hardworking. They chose this name for the group because Santa Rosa is the patron saint of their town, and she is one of the most famous virgins in the community where they live.

Doña Cristina is one of the members. She is 52 years old and has been married to Sr. Silverio for 36 years. They have six children, all of whom have now left home. Cristina has a grocery store which she opened after running her Mexican snacks stall for four years. She says that she very much enjoys selling things and making her customers happy. She is now seeking a loan from the institution to buy more stock for her store such as bread, eggs, milk, soft drinks, and Sabrita snacks.

She relates a bad experience she had: “In the past I had no interest in loans. But then one day I was offered one, and I had to take it because some men stole all my stock. I was left with nothing, so I was forced to take a loan to restart my business. The robbery made me stronger and so I am able to get on with my life.” Cristina says she has had no problem bigger than being the victim of a robbery. Her goal is to expand her store and start selling meals again, a job she used to have.

The other members of the group are also seeking money to invest in their businesses. Don Jose Luis and Elizabeth wish to invest more money in their fireworks business, Rafaela and Teresa want to buy sheep, and Luisa and Magdalena wish to invest money in their clothing business.

In this group: Jose Luis, Manuela Cristina, Rafaela, Teresa, Elizabeth, Luisa, Magdalena*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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