A loan of $4,225 helped a member to buy stock merchandise for her store.


5 De Mayo Group's story

Bertha’s a 65-year-old woman who only attended primary school; she’s single. She’s one of the members of the group called “5 de Mayo”. This group is located in city in Veracruz, a place noted for the intense heat. Bertha relates that she’s been selling groceries for 42 years; her store is one of the city's oldest and it’s located in a small locale she built little by little.

Bertha is very happy with her business because thanks to it she’s been employed all these years and it’s helped her to get ahead and to have better quality of life. What she’s liked best about her work is to deal with people daily; she’s watched several generations grow who have been coming to her store since they were little.

She’s asked VisiónFund for this loan to stock her store; she will buy beans, oil, rice, soup, canned goods, snacks, and toilet paper, candy, soft-drinks, juices, cookies and flavoring agents. She wants to continue working in her business and continue stocking it with more products every day. She said: “Thanks for the support VisiónFund has given me through their loans through which we feel like we still belong even though we are of advanced age.”

The other group members are:
María de Lourdes- Clothing Sales
Yessenia- Grocery Sales
Sonia- Tailor Shop
Teresa- Shoe Sales
Ernestina- Food Sales
Hilda- Shoe Sales Food Sales
Marisela - Food Sales
Clara - Costume Jewelry Sales
Veronica- Clothing Sales
Daisy Maricela- Costume Jewelry Sales

In this group: Maria De Lourdes *, Yesenia , Sonia , Teresa, Bertha , Ernestina , Hilda , Maricela, Clara , Veronica, Daisy Maricela
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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