A loan of $875 helped a member to buy milk, eggs, sugar, bread, soft drinks, detergents.

Familia Toribio Group's story

There are only three members in the 'Familia Toribio' [Toribio Family] group - two women and a man. They are relatives and they live in a community where the people are characterized by being very hard-working and responsible.

Gaby is one of the members. She tells us she is 37 years old and has been married to her husband Lucio since she was 21. Together they have three children. Two of them are studying and the youngest doesn't go to school yet.

Gaby is a very hard-working person. She works making tortillas but also looks after the grocery shop that her sister Magaly has passed on to her. Gaby says that this time she is applying for a loan to buy corn and products like bread, eggs, milk, soft-drinks, sugar e.t.c To stock her grocery shop by making tortillas has already taken a year and the shop has been going for the same amount of time. Gaby said she wanted to start by making tortillas because she wanted to help her husband with the household expenses.

Gaby said, 'I really like my work and more when there are profits, only at this time I haven't been doing so well considering that at the moment people have corn that they harvested at the end of the year. So right now I wont do well with the profits of tortilla sales, although it's only for a period because half-way through the year people find themselves with no corn and so start to buy tortillas. But I will work harder in the shop to make up for it regarding the profits.'

Gaby's goal is to gain more customers to increase her profits so she will be able to offer her children a better quality of life. Just like Gaby who has dreams, the other members of the group are applying for loans to invest in their businesses. Doña María will invest in the sale of tortillas and vegetables and Luis Enrique in the grocery store. They are very grateful for and happy with the support given by the institution and KIVA.

In this group: Gabriela, María , Luis Enrique

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Gulvin

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