A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy meat, chilies, tomatoes, onion, beverages, cooking gas, aluminum foil and other supplies for her business.

Sonrisa Group's story

Mrs. Nisha is a member of the ”Sonrisa” [Smile] group. She is a friendly and enterprising woman who finished secondary school. Nisha is married to Jose Luis and has two children. She says that she has been a saleswoman for twelve years and that she started this line of work selling cosmetics. Some years ago, somebody offered her to start selling Mexican snacks in a cooperative at school; she though it was a good idea and that is today her main economic activity.

She works Monday to Friday during the kids’ morning breaks (thirty minutes they have for having breakfast). However, she has to prepare the food in advance, early every morning. Once she arrives to the school, everything must be ready to be sold. She sells also sweets, water and beverages. Mrs. Nisha said: "I love my job because I have to work only in the morning. In the afternoon, I have free time to take care of my family and my house.”

She will use this loan to buy meat, chilies, tomatoes, onion, corn, tortillas, cream, cheese, avocado, cabbage, beans, potatoes, bananas, eggs, oil, sweets, beverages, gas for cooking and aluminum foil. She needs all these things to continue with her sales.

In the future, she hopes to provide her children with the opportunity to go to the university, so that they have a better life than hers.

The remaining group members are:
Guadalupe: cosmetics sales.
Jesika: sweets sales.
Estela: food sales.
Grissel: grocery store.
Lorena: clothes sales.
Minerva: printing business.
Felipa: clothes sales.

In this group: Nisha Rindani Delia, Estela, Lorena , Jesika , Minerva , Grissel, Guadalupe, Felipa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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