A loan of $6,050 helped a member to buy meat, flour, eggs, condiments and more.

Virgen De Carmen Group's story

This group of enterprising women goes by the name "Virgen del Carmen" and is on its fifth loan cycle as part of the Women's Committee programme. The group currently has twenty members, characterised by their sense of responsibility, their excellent reputation for paying off their loans and for their participation in training sessions.

One story worth telling is that of 62 year old Maxima, who has been making a living selling foods from her fast food cart for some 30 years. Every day, regardless of the weather, Maixma gets up to prepare her "chipas" (a cheesy buns), meat pies and chicken nuggets. Her husband helps her with this and then she goes out to sell her products. Maxima is very hard-working and enterpresing and wants to keep fighting so that she can have a decent life.

Maxima is applying for this loan in order to buy supplies such as meat, flour, eggs, condiments and more. With this she will be able to continue making her sales.

In this group: Francisca, Graciela, Antonia, Patricia, Cristina, Evelin, Miryan, Bernardina, Dora, Elva, Zonia, María, Martha, Vidania, Maxima, Angela, Karina, Natalia, Mirian, Karent*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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