A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy merchandise and materials to repair shoes.

Las Iluminadas Group's story

Johanna has a place where she sells underwear, perfume, and used shoes. Used shoes are available in various businesses. She buys them in the outdoor market, repairs them, and sells them at a higher price. She has done this job for 14 years. Sometimes she also sells balls.

Johanna, 33, is a single mother who takes care of her four children. The older ones, ages 18, 11, and 7 years old, are all in school. The youngest is 2.

In the long term, Johanna would like to set up a store in Renaico (Region 9), in her city. Eventually she wants to apply to get a house.

Johanna likes Fondo Esperanza because of the training classes, being able to work in a group, getting to know more people in her community, and making her business known in her community.

Johanna is seated in the back, the second person from the right, wearing a purple t-shirt and her hair pulled back.

In this group: Irene Del Carmen, Gladys Veronica, Irene Itsabela, Alejandra Del Carmen, Ana Luisa, Amalia Alejandra, Nicol De Los Angeles , Yessica Jacqueline, Maria Eugenia, Jusin Caroline, Carolyn Jazmin, Angelica Mercedes, Juan Eduardo, Maria Yolanda, Miguel Angel, Carolina Ana Karen, Johanna Andrea Herminia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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