A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy ingredients for her desserts.

Las Perlas Y El Diamante Group's story

Agueda is standing in the back row, behind a lady wearing a green sweater. Her eyes are closed because she is smiling. Agueda is a member of the communal bank Las Perlas y el Diamante [The Pearls and the Diamond]. They all have different activities, like selling at fairs, food sales, used and new clothes sales, and bakery, which is what Agueda does for a living.

Agueda sells desserts in fairs. She started selling popcorn with a cart three or four years ago and she has been selling desserts for two years now. Her siblings have helped her whenever she has had problems to buy ingredients for her desserts. With the loan, she will be able to buy ingredients to make desserts and apples to make caramelized apples. She believes that everything will work fine in this new cycle, which gives her peace of mind.

What Agueda likes the most of working with Fondo Esperanza is the fact that she can spend time with her friends, with who she built this communal bank. They all live in the same neighborhood and have known each other forever, and have given support and help whenever someone has had the need.

In this group: Adela Clementina, Agueda Yanine, Brenda Del Pilar, Camila Ninoska, Carmen Gloria, Carolina Alejandra, Carolina Andrea, Estrella De Las Mercedes, Fresia Ginete, Glenys Marlene, Jacqueline Karina, Jessica Carmen, Nancy Soledad, Rosa Del Carmen, Silvia Del Carmen, Teresa Andrea, Teresa Mercedes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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