A loan of $5,650 helped a member for tablecloths, yarns, threads, fabric and sheep.

Sorpresa Group's story

The Sorpresa (Surprise) group is made up of 7 women and one man who do whatever is possible to provide their families with a better quality of life. The members are Leticia (Lety), Adelina, Juana, Juliana, Benita, Hilaria, Graciela, and Noé. All the group members except Lety have asked for loans to use to buy lambs. Leticia chose the name of the group because when she was invited to submit a loan request to VisionFund she was very impressed by it and it seemed like a great option for her. For this reason, it was "surprising" to her when they arrived at her house to invite her to submit a loan application.

Lety is 39 years old and has been married to José for 20 years. Together, they have formed a family and have 4 children, all of whom are currently in school. Lety says that she has worked making embroidery, tablecloths, and basic clothes for several years. She says that "I got started out of necessity. I lost my mother when I was little and I had to somehow learn how to work so I could help support my siblings. Now, I do the same thing but instead work to support my children."

Currently, she is asking for a loan so she can make tablecloths and buy wool yarn, thread, and fabric. Lety is very happy and grateful to Vision Fund because they have become a financial support to her family. Even though her greatest difficulty is competition, she doesn't pay it much mind. To the contrary, she does the best work she can so her customers will return to solicit her services as a seamstress.

Her profits have been very good and this has allowed her to improve her house. In the past, Lety didn't have her own house and lived with her parents. Now, however, she is very happy because she has not only been able to obtain her own house but has also been able to let her daughters study in private schools.

Lety and the rest of the group are very grateful to Vision Fund and to Kiva for the loans that they have been given and for all their services such as training and financial bonuses, which are very good. Smiling, Lety says that "To me, the bonuses have been a great support because with that small amount of money I can buy shoes, clothes, etc."

In this group: Adelina, Juana, Letcia, Noe*, Juliana, Benita, Graciela, Hilaria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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