A loan of $6,600 helped a member to buy replacement parts and materials to repair appliances and to buy ice cream and popsicles.

Aves De Paraíso Group's story

Florencio is 49 years old. He belongs to a group of people who take out loans to improve their businesses to be able to give their families a better quality of life. His group is called Aves de Paraíso and he says that the other members of the group told him they gave it that name because where they used to meet there were some very pretty flowers with that name. He is married and has 5 children, 3 of whom are in school, since the oldest didn't want to go to school anymore and decided to start working. In the morning, Florencio sells popsicles and ice cream in the streets of his community. He says that he doesn't make them, he just buys them and sells them, mainly outside of schools, since most of his customers are children. In the afternoon, he fixes televisions in his home, since he doesn't have a locale. Sometimes people go to his house wanting him to fix an appliance. He says that he learned to fix appliances because a friend invited him to work and learn how to fix appliances and over time Florencio decided to start his own business. Now he is asking VisionFund for help so that he can get a loan to improve his businesses. He wants to stock up on ice cream and popsicles and also buy barquillos and plastic cups to sell the ice cream in. He also wants to buy different replacement parts and materials that he uses to give better service. Florencio's goal is to keep selling his ice cream and popsicles and also set up a workshop in his house to fix the appliances. The other members of the group are named Isela, María Remedios, Cirenia, Socorro, Yaquelin, Marcela, Sandra, Maribel and Antolín. They will invest their loans in buying corn to make handmade tortillas, firewood, a comal, in buying materials such wood and nails to make wooden crates for fruit, in buying store merchandise such as groceries, in buying candies as merchandise, in buying construction materials to sell such as bricks, sand, cement, etc., in buying chickens to raise and sell, as well as their feed.

In this group: Isela, Maria Remdios, Cirenia, Socorro, Yaquelin, Marcela, Sandra, Florencio, Maribel, Antolín

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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