A loan of $3,025 helped a member to restock her business.

San Jose Group's story

San José Group is located in a small town surrounded by sugar cane fields. At the edge of town there's a small arroyo that rises during the rainy season, so it's difficult to get to this community. The main economic activity is growing sugar cane and the majority of the residents work as day laborers.

Susana, 54, is one of the members of this group. She didn't have the opportunity to go to school; she only learned to write a little and to do sums. She's married to Juan, and currently they live alone in their house because their children are married.

Susana says she had never worked because she only tended to her house. More than five years ago, though, with the support of her husband she opened a small grocery store in her house to earn an additional income. She says what she likes most about her job is earning her own money without neglecting her home. Also, she's always in contact with people.

A loan from VisionFund will allow her to buy milk, eggs, detergent, refreshments, sweets, oil, beans, toilet paper, napkins, cookies, soup, coffee, and sugar to restock her business.

She wants her business to grow with this investment and have a greater variety of products so her customers always find what they're looking for.

These are the other members of the group: Guadalupe raises pigs; Rutilo sells tacos; Eva sells refreshments; Irene raises pigs; Guillermina raises pigs; Pascuala sells chicken; and Eutimio sells tacos.

In this group: Guadalupe, Rutilo, Eva , Irene , Guillermina , Susana, Pascuala*, Eutimio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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