A loan of $2,575 helped a member to buy chickens.

La Virgen De Guadalupe Group's story

La Virgen de Guadalupe is the name of this group, which is made up of five members. Each of them has their own business: Laura has a transport service, Eugenia sells chickens, Maria Manuela sells tacos, Eulalia sells tortillas, and Petra sells home goods. They decided to give this name to their group because there is a beautiful image of the Virgin in the house where they meet. This group is located in the community of Vicente Camalote, where the main source of employment is a sugar production company called "La Margarita."

Eugenia is 35 years old. She only studied in primary school, and she is married to Oscar, with whom she has four children. She says that she has worked to help her husband with their home expenses since she was fourteen, because the financial situation is worse every day and there is not enough money. Eugenia sells sliced chicken every morning.

What she most likes about her business is that she feels a bit independent, because she earns her own money and she has made good clients and friends over these years.

She says that her work begins very early, because she has to wake up at dawn to kill the chickens and season them in order to sell them later on. She also tells us that there are certain times when sales are good. Now, for example, it is the sugarcane harvest season and the companies are working to produce sugar. Therefore, there is work and people have a bit more money.

This loan from Vision Fund will help her to buy chickens to continue with her sales.

She hopes to offer her family a better quality of life with her income and to grow her business day by day. She says, "Thank you for the support that you give us. This is a new opportunity for success."

In this group: Laura, Eugenia, Maria Manuela, Eulalia, Petra
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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