A loan of $1,350 helped a member to buy milk, bread, eggs, drinks, fried foods, juices and such like.


Alcatraz Group's story

This is the second time that the "Alcatraz" group has applied for a loan from the communal bank. Before, there were only four members but two more have now joined. They say that they really enjoyed working with Vision Found and Kiva and so decided to come back for another loan. The members themselves chose the group's name as "alcatraz" means "abundance". Ceci is one member of the group. She is 49 years old and married to Genaro, who works in the country. Together they have a family with ten children, three of whom still depend on their parents as they are studying. Ceci has a small grocery story that she started a year ago. She says that she already had premises but she just had not decided exactly what kind of business to have. She finally opted for a small grocery store. Ceci tells us she is very happy with the success she has had with her business as her earning have helped to improve her children and her and her husband's living conditions. However, what she most likes is being able to chat with customers, and she is always excited to know how they are. Ceci said "I really like my business but my only difficulty is I have no fridge for storing cold meats and yoghurts. Before I sold cheese but with no fridge I had to stop because it would very quickly go off". Despite this difficulty, though, Ceci is very happy and very grateful to Vision Fund and Kiva for the loan provided. Thanks to this financial support, she will be able to realise her dream which is for her grocery store to expand and to sell everything and, laughing, she says, it's "almost, almost a corner shop". With expansion, she can have the necessary support so her children can have a better education. Just as Ceci has dream, so do the other members of the group. So, they are applying for this loan to invest in their work. Juan will invest in the greenhouse for his raspberries; Virginia will invest in a boiled corn grinder; Raudel will invest in oil for cars; Sara will invest in clothes and finally Guillermo will use his loan for his taxi.

In this group: Juan , Cecilia , Virginia , Guillermo , Rahudel , Sara

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw


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