A loan of $4,300 helped a member to buy eggs, milk, toilet paper, oil for cooking, diapers, sugar, salt, tuna, napkins, soft drinks, cookies and some candy.

Las Azucenas De Pueblo Nuevo Group's story

Anayeli is 19 years old. She is a young woman who still lives with her parents and studies in an “open” high school (an alternative adult school) on Saturdays in order to have time to help at home with the household chores. She says that it is the first time that she has asked for a loan and that friends of her mother encouraged her to enter the group “Las Azucenas de Pueblo Nuevo” (Pueblo Nuevo Easter Lilies). They commented to her that they had given that name to the group because in her home her mother has a very big garden with lily flowers.

Ana, as she is known, put a grocery store in her house about a year ago in order to be able to work during the week and keep an eye on her home and on her younger siblings since her parents go out to work and also to help pay the tuition fees of the high school. Ana is requesting a loan from VisionFund to stock a little bit more of everything that she sells like eggs, milk, toilet paper, oil for cooking, diapers, sugar, salt, eggs, tuna, napkins, soft drinks, cookies and some candy in order to sell a little bit of everything. She says that on Saturdays she goes to a store in her town where they sell wholesale and give her low prices. She says that later on she wants to sell cold cuts and put in different dairy products. She says that upon finishing her high school studies she wants to go into studying to be an educator because it would be one of her greatest achievements.

The other members of the group are Alma Isabel, Gabriela, Marisela, Fabiola, María Isabel, Irma, Adelina y Jarintzi. They will invest in the purchase of bedspreads to sell, in the purchase of supplies to make bread, to stock a grocery store, to buy chicken to sell by the kilo, to buy cosmetics and perfumes to sell and to stock shoes for women and men to sell.

In this group: Alma Isabel, Gabriela, Marisela, Fabiola, Maria Isabel, Irma*, Adelina, Jarintzi, Anayeli
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings

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