A loan of $2,975 helped a member to purchase tortillas, meat, chilies, tomatoes, onion, cooking oil, beans, potatoes, bananas, corn, rice, soup, gas and beverages.

Oportunidad 2 Group's story

Doña Luisa is a very enterprising woman. She is 42-years old, only finished secondary school and is married to Don Daniel, who works as a manual laborer. They have two children, Daniel who is 18-years old and attends high school and Ana Lucia who is 13-years old and goes to secondary school.

Doña Luisa says that she has always liked working, but that a little over a year ago, she decided to start her own business. The idea was to earn her own money and to be able to help with the household expenses. Since her children are school-aged, their expenses are constantly increasing. Doña Luisa makes her living selling Mexican snacks, (empanadas, tostadas, garnachas ((stuffed tortillas)), gorditas) and beverages. Every afternoon, she sells the food from her parents' house. Their house is located closer to the town center, and so she can make more sales there. In the year that she has run her business, doña Luisa has earned good customers who come to spend their money because the food and the customer service are good: doña Luisa always greets her customers with a smile.

A loan from VisionFund will help doña Luisa to purchase tortillas, meat, chilies, tomatoes, onions, cooking oil, beans, potatoes, bananas, corn, rice, soup, gas and beverages to make her food to sell.

Doña Luisa hopes that with this investment her business will generate more sales and her earnings will go up. Little by little, she wants to expand her business and be able to offer her children a better quality of life.

Doña Luisa is one of the members of the communal bank called "Oportunidad 2" (Opportunity 2), which is made of up ten people. It is located in the community of San Miguel Soyaltepec, which is where the Cerro de Oro reservoir is located.

The other members of the communal bank are:

Efigenia- food sales
Victoria- snack sales
Fidelina-shoe sales
Arely- cosmetics sales
Maria de los ángeles- Popsicle sales
Alma Delia- food sales
Daniela- clothing sales
Guillermo- chicken sales
Juana- meat sales

In this group: Efigenia Morayma , Victoria , Fidelina , Arely, Maria De Los Angeles *, Alma Delia , Daniela , Guillermo , Juana*, Luisa
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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