A loan of $7,325 helped a member to buy notions and odds and ends.

Benemerito Group's story

The group "Benemerito" is made up of nine people. All of them are neighbors from the same community. It is a very beautiful community characterized by its enormous lake. The group members say that they can take advantage of the lake to fish for free. The community is also distinguished by its giant trees. The town's biggest holiday is celebrated on August 2, the day of Our Lady of the Angels.

Doña Yola, as she is affectionately known, is 38, and has been married to Raul for 20 years. He works as a construction worker. Together, they have made a family with five children. Yola is asking for the loan to buy notions like marbles, clothespins, ribbons, brooches, hairpins, nail clippers, files, and hooks, etc. This is her first time doing this activity. She has never had a business like this one. Previously she worked raising, fattening, and selling chicken, but she doesn't want to stay in this line of work because coyotes eat the chickens. Yola is planning on selling her goods by the door of the church. On Sundays, her daughters will attend to her business while she works as a domestic employee.

She is very glad she will start her business. She didn't have money to purchase her products, but thanks to the loan, she will have her new business. Thanks to this, she will be able to earn more income for her family. Yola wants to have her own, larger business in her home, with the ultimate goal of being able to help out with household expenses and the education that her children want. "Two of my children did not want to continue studying, but I want the other three children, who are still studying, to study a professional degree."

Just as Yola wants to better herself, the other group members are asking for a loan to invest in their economic activites: Marybel sells aprons and flowers, Trinidad has a beauty salon, Elena sells aprons, and Maria and Rosa Maria raise yearling sheep. Aurea and Filiberto will invest in their bull calves and feed and Teresa will invess in her sweet sales. They are very glad and grateful to Kiva and VisionFund for the chance to get their loan.

In this group: Marybel Lilia, Trinidad*, Yolanda, Elena María, María, Aurea, Filiberto, Rosa María, Teresa
*not pictured

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