A loan of $4,775 helped a member to buy sugar, beverages, eggs, milk, bread, etc.

Rayito De Sol Group's story

The Rayito de Sol group is made up of eight responsible and hardworking women who strive to always get their families ahead. These women live in a community where people grow corn and work as merchants. It a small and peaceful place.

The name of the group was chosen because when the members formed the group, the then representative has a children's music group called "Rayito de Sol". Elvia is a member of the group. She says that she is 32 years old, and has been married to Lorenzo for 12 years. Together they have made a family of two children, one of whom is in school. Elvia says that she has had a convenience store for a year and a half. With her husband, Lorenzo, she decided to open the store because it would be a big help in paying the household expenses.

Elvia says that when they started their business, they didn't have any furniture and only had merchandise. Over time, they were able to make the furniture. She says that one of the biggest difficulties they have is the lack of a bigger counter where she could put her merchandise give her customers better service. Elvia remarks: "when we started, I was worried about the competition because there were already a lot of stores. I even came to think that we would lose our investment. Fortunately, that didn't happen and it has gone very well for us and it has been a year and a half already."

Elvia is very happy with her business and she dreams of one day having a well equipped store that is well stocked so she can make more profit and get her children ahead. She wants them to keep going to school and have good careers in order to have a better quality of life. All of the members of the group are very happy and grateful to the institutions of Vision Fund and Kiva for all of their support and services. The members of the group will invest in their different activities. Guadalupe and Florentina will invest in their convenience store, Eufemia will buy socks to sell. Juana will invest in aprons, Paula will invest in blender jars, Carolina in controls and Elena in cleaning supplies.

In this group: Guadalupe , Eufemia, Florentina , Juana , Paula , Carolina , Elena , Elvia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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