A loan of $5,650 helped a member to buy ingredients to make pastry.

Ilucion Group's story

La Ilución [Hope] Communal Bank has 15 members. They chose this name for their group because they hope their businesses will prosper with this loan and they can give their families a better quality of life. This group is located in Tierra Blanca, known for its very hot summers and for commerce and ranching, its main economic activities.

The members of the group are Eunice, shoe sales; Filiberto, taxi service; María Teresa, cosmetics sales; Claudia Estela, fruit and vegetable sales; Rosa, clothing sales; Guadalupe, pastry making; Gladis, costume jewelry sales; Rebeca, clothing sales; Santa, costume jewelry sales; María Lorenza, perfume sales; Adela, shoe sales; Cristián, clothing sales; Guillermina, butcher shop; María de Jesús, clothing sales; and Reyna, clothing sales.

Guadalupe, or Lupe as she's known to her friends, is 30 years old. She only went to high school. She's married to Jorge, a teacher. They have two children who attend elementary school, Luis Roberto, 10, and Alex, 7.

Lupe says she has earned a living making pastry and baking for several years now. She decided to start this work because she has always liked to cook and, especially, make desserts. Her taste for this activity came from her need to make healthy food for her children. Then she thought selling desserts and making pastry would be a good way to earn her own money.

Little by little she has attracted good customers. She sells door-to-door and on order. One day she goes out to offer her products and the next day she makes the pastries to deliver. She also makes sandwiches for parties. Lupe says she has more sales in the cold weather, but she's always looking for ways to keep her sales stable. In the hot weather gelatin sells very well.

What she likes most about her job in addition to earning her own money is that making pastry reflects the best of what she is, and she puts a lot of love and effort into each sandwich or pastry she makes.

A loan from Kiva and VisionFund will help her buy flour, sugar, eggs, gelatin, disposable supplies, Chantilly cream, powdered sugar, and containers.

In the future she plans to study to be a chef, expand her business, set herself up in a place, and provide banquet services with her children to make her job a family business.

She's grateful for the support of VisionFund because she has been able to make progress with her business and improve her quality of life with these loans.

In this group: Eunice, Filiberto, Maria Teresa, Claudia Estela, Rosa , Guadalupe , Gladis De Jesus , Reyna , Rebeca Alejandra, Santa , Maria Lorenza, Adela *, Cristian Alberto, Guillermina, Maria De Jesus *
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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