A loan of $3,450 helped a member to buy rice, beans, oil, canned products, cookies, sweets, chips, sodas, juices, soup, soap, and toilet paper.

1Ero De Mayo Group's story

This group is called 1Ero de Mayo and is made up of 8 people. These people came together to form a group as they are neighbors and they have in common business enterprises and the enthusiasm to make them prosper in order to give their families a better quality of life.

Braulia is one of the members of this group. She is 50 years old. She only studied through primary and currently she has a 12 year old son attending elementary school.

She says she has more than 26 years in the business because she likes to sell and it is a profitable business that leaves good earnings. She began when she was 24 years old selling clothes for ladies and men and through this business she brought up her children. A little more than a year ago she had the idea of selling groceries at her home and so established a place in her home where she could have her little store.

As she has not been in this business long, little by little she has purchased a variety of products but she still needs much more. So she is requesting a loan from VisioFund in order to buy rice, beans, oil, canned products, cookies, sweets, chips, soda, juices, soup, soap, and toilet paper to stock her business.

In the future she would like her business to expand and turn it into a mini-mart.

This group is grateful for the opportunity to receive Kiva loans.

The other members of the group are:

Adela who sells shoes
Luis who sells natural products
Estela who sells bags and belts
Alejo who sells groceries
Rosa who sells clothing
Mónica who sells snacks
Selene who sells clothing

In this group: Braulia, Adela, Luis Ricardo, Estela, Alejo, Rosa Isela, Monica Janet, Selene

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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