A loan of $850 helped a member to buy staple goods such as rice, sugar, beans, oil, fruits, milk, and firewood.

G.s. Chavarria Group's story

The solidarity group Chavarría is made up of Juana del Carmen and Paula Emilia, both of whom live in the Chinandega department, located in the west of the country in a well-known commercial area where there is a high demand for products. Juana has a convenience store where she sells good for daily consumption such as rice, oil, matches, onions, bread, beans, candy among other items, and she has been running the business for 18 years. She has two children who are 22 and 27, one of which is studying. Paula sells refreshments which she makes with fruits, fresh juices, and cow’s milk, and due to the quality of refreshments that she sells, she has regular and casual customers, and her products sell quickly. She has been doing this work for more than 19 years and has six children who are 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, and 35 years old, all of whom are independent. Both women are married and have the support of their husbands.

One runs her business from home, and the other in the bus terminal where many people pass by when they are travelling to work, classes or to their businesses, which is advantageous to her. Over time she has managed to increase her number of customers because they know very well what she products she offers. They are very grateful for they support they Kiva lenders give to people on low incomes. The loan will be used to buy supplies such as sugar, fruits, a cooler to replace one that she already has, as well as staple goods such as rice, bean, oil, candy, iced goods, coffee, salt, boxes of matches, bread, soft drinks among other products.

In this group: Juana Del Carmen, Paula Emilia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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