A loan of $2,925 helped a member to buy beans oil, rice, soup, sugar, toilet paper, tin foil, toothpaste, shampoo, biscuits, drinks and chicken.


Monte Alto Group's story

Monte Alto is the name of this group, which has eight members. The main source of employment in the area is sowing sugarcane and collecting the resin from rubber trees. The group's members are: Valentina - sells groceries; Cornelia - sows sugarcane and rubber; Gabriel - collects rubber; Maria Leticia - sells sweets; Maria de Jesus - collects rubber; Dionisio - sows sugarcane; Grisela - sells clothes; Victor - sows sugarcane. Valentina is a very enterprising woman who, more than ten years ago, opened a grocery store in her home. She decided to start this business as it is profitable. She always makes sales and, in addition, her house is on the edge of a main road so travellers stop to buy biscuits or a drink. She is very happy with his business as she is able to help her husband with the household costs. In order to make more money, Valentina, as well as selling groceries, sells chicken either with feathers or already cut up. This loan will be invested in buying beans, oil, rice, soup, sugar, toilet paper, tin foil, toothpaste, shampoo, biscuits, drinks and chicken in order to continue selling. In the future she hopes her business will be bigger and better stocked so that she has earnings to have a better life and do some repairs at home. This group is thankful for the support that has been provided in the form of loans to Valentina and the whole group.

In this group: Valentina , Cornelio, Gabriel, Maria Leticia , Maria De Jesus , Dionisio, Grisela , Victor
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw


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