A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy a variety of sweets.

Gaviotas (Flat) Group's story

“Gaviotas (Flat)” (“Gaviotas” means “seagulls”) is a group made up of 8 happy and entrepreneurial people. This group is located in the community of Vista Hermosa. In order to be able to get to the community, you take a bus that leaves you on the highway, and you should walk about 20 more minutes. The main source of employment is the land, planting and growing sugar cane.

Cecilia is 32 years old. She studied through the second year of secondary school and she is married to Juan, with whom she has 4 children: Juan Carlos, Eduardo, Cecilia, and Imelda.

Cecilia says that more than three years ago she started her business selling sweets (cocadas [coconut macaroons], camotes [sweet potato candy], and dulce de leche candies). She sells door to door in her community and sometimes she goes to other communities like La Reforma, La Atalaya, and Loma Alta to sell her sweets. She decided to start her own business because she wants to help her husband with the household expenses and give her children a better quality of life. Cecilia wants to give her children a profession, but she also knows that she will only achieve that by working enthusiastically with her husband.

A loan from Kiva and VisionFund will help her to buy a variety of sweets to sell.

She also says that she is grateful to the institutions, since with this loan her business will prosper so that she can offer her children a better quality of life, as she wants so much to do.

The other members of the group are:
Maria Sugey: selling shoes
Maria Angélica: selling clothing
Julia: selling soft drinks
Gabriela: selling clothing
Mauricio: selling chicken and raising pigs
Roberta: selling chicken
Minerva: selling stationery

In this group: Maria Sugey, Maria Angelica, Julia, Cecilia, Gabriela, Mauricio, Roberta, Minerva

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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