A loan of $4,600 helped a member to buy clothing.

Santa Rosa Group's story

The "Santa Rosa" group has seven members, six of whom are women. They are all very responsible and hard-working. They say that they chose their name after the patron saint of their village, one of the most celebrated in their community.
Magdalena is a member of this group. She tells us that she is 38 and has been married to Lucas for 20 years. Together, they have formed a family. They have three children, of whom only one goes to school because the others are still little.
Magdalena has sold clothing for two years. She tells us that she started her business because her husband is often unemployed and they had many economic problems. She says "I really like helping my husband with the household costs and our children's education. My earnings allow us to live more comfortably without worrying about finances." Every weekend, Magdalena travels to the capital to buy more clothing that her clients order. Every day, she goes out to sell door-to-door in other communities.
Magdalena's only difficulty occurs when clients are very late in paying her. Smiling, she says "I would also love to have a car to get around more quickly and get my orders in on time."
Magdalena is requesting this loan for the purchase of more clothing. She plans to purchase more in-style clothing because it will be easier to sell. Her earnings will help her to cover her household costs, but above all it will pay for her children's education. For Magdalena, her children are the most important aspect of life.
The group is very happy and grateful to Vision Fund and Kiva for the loan that each of them will receive, since it will be a great help for them in expanding their businesses. Luis will invest in his juice business; Cristina will invest in her grocery store; Elizabeth, Acela, Teresa, and Norma will invest in buying sheep to fatten and sell; Luisa will invest in buying aprons for sale; and Sandy will invest in her school supply store.

In this group: Manuela Cristina, Teresa, Elizabeth, Luisa, Magdalena, Acela, Norma Angelica, Jose Luis, Sandy Kenia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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