A loan of $4,275 helped a member to buy items for the home.


La Candelaria Group's story

Magdalena is a member of the "La Candelaria" group. She is 54 years old and completed only primary school. She is married to Teodoro, who has a tyre repair shop.

Magdalena tells us that, as a little girl, her parents taught her to work in order to get ahead. In her life she has worked in different jobs, including selling snacks. Six years ago she began selling items for the home out of catalogues. She liked the work as profits were good. Magdalena sells door-to-door to her customers and friends in the community. She receives orders and tells us that "every time I go out to sell, I go out happy and with good though so that, when I am selling, I encourage and convince my customers that my products are the best".

A Vision Fund loan will help Magdalena to buy a variety of cooking utensils to stock up for her orders and to continue with her sales.

She hopes that this investment will make her business prosperous and that will have more customers. She hopes to have higher profits in order to start saving up in case of any unexpected problems that may come up.

The other members of the group are:

Ramona: makes pastries;
Norberto: hires out transport;
Gerardo: hires out transport;
Beatriz. sells soft drinks;
Teresa: sells snacks;
Ninfa: sells soft drinks;
Yadira: makes pastries.

In this group: Ramona , Norberto , Gerardo, Magdalena , Beatriz , Ninfa , Yadira , Teresa

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw


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