A loan of $2,300 helped a member to buy sweets and natural medicines.

Conchita 2 Group's story

Conchita 2 is the name of the group made up of seven members, each one of whom has a job with the objective of earning a living and improving their families' lives. This group is located in the town of Tres Valles, where the main work is growing pineapple and sugar cane.

Rubén is one of the members of the group. He completed college prep. He's married and has two children. He says he always has worked very hard to get his family ahead. Four years ago Rubén started selling natural medicines and sweets as a street vendor. He puts his products on his tricycle every day and goes out to set up his business in front of a department store. He says that he has sold well up to now and that he always has a smile for his customers.

A loan will help Rubén buy a variety of sweets and natural medicines to restock his business. He hopes his business will prosper with this loan and he'll be able to give his family a better quality of life.

The other members of the group are Gaudencio, who raises pigs; Macario, who works in construction; Lucía, who sells snacks; Amado, who sells clothing; Jorge, who sells groceries, and Javier, who has a bakery.

In this group: Gaudencio, Rubén Darío, Macario, Lucia, Amado, Jorge Luis, Javier Santahana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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