A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy shoes.

Las Palomas Group's story

Ángela belongs to the communal bank Las Palomas. She is 51 and only finished elementary school. She is married to Jorge, and their two children attend elementary school. Ángela started her own business because her financial situation was worsening, she had little money, and she wished to provide her children with better circumstances. Five years ago, she began selling shoes through catalogs to her friends and neighbors. She goes out in the afternoon to show her customers catalog merchandise and take orders for later delivery.

The best selling seasons occur during parades and holidays, since the customers like to show off then. She likes that this business lets her work in her free time and also do her housework. She will use the loan to buy shoes to continue making sales. She would like to set up a store in her house one day so that she doesn't have to sell door-to-door. She also wants to give her children the chance to go to college.

The other members and their businesses are: Perfecta sells chicken; José Luis sells costume jewelry; Heidi sells household items; Deysi sells household items; Guadalupe sells clothing; Consepcion sells clothing.

In this group: Perfecta , Ángela , José Luis , Heidi, Deysi , Consepcion

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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