A loan of $2,075 helped a member to buy soup, coffee, sugar, beans, oil, cookies, detergents, sweets, canned goods, and soda.

El Triunfo (Flat) Ahorros Group's story

Bertha is another member of the communal bank "El Triunfo". She is 49, has a primary education and is married to Margarito who works as a wage earner. They have five children who are all adults and work.

For four years, Bertha has been working as a merchant. She has a small grocery store at home which she began by selling only soft drinks. Little by little she introduced more products and expanded the business. She is very happy with this activity because in addition to earning her own income she offers a service to the people in her community. It is one of the few stores in the town which helps sales volume even more. She says groceries are always sold, no matter what the season or money situation may be.

A loan from VisionFund will help her buy beans, oil, rice, coffee, sugar, salt, cookies, sweets, soft drinks, detergents and canned goods to stock her business. She hopes this investment will allow her business to proser so her family's quality of life will improve.

The group is grateful for the support received through the Kiva and VisionFund loans for their business.

The other members of the group are: Emma who sells groceries, Heladia who raises pigs, Emiliano who grows sugar cane, Gabino who grows sugar cane, Teodoro who sells soft drinks and Laura who sells snacks.

In this group: Emma, Heladia, Emiliano, Gabino, Teodoro, Laura, Bertha

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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