A loan of $3,275 helped a member to buy laminate, spiral binding, and bookstore and sweetshop products.

Lemuy Group's story

Andrea, who appears second from the right in a purple sweatshirt and glasses, is a member of the communal bank Lemuy, located in Castro. The members of this communal bank have various businesses such as harvesting and selling garlic, dent removal and painting for vehicles, wool handcrafts, selling plumbing and welding supplies by catalog, and others.

Andrea has a bookstore and sweetshop where she also has binding, laminating and photocopying services. She has had her business for five years, she started it when her husband lost his job and she found a half-day job that didn't pay much. She saved a little from this money and with that saved money she could start buying little things to start setting up the business. Recently her husband has again found himself out of work, so she must again focus on helping her family with the money she makes. But she faces a challenge of trying to get a machine for printing passport-sized photos, since on the island where she lives there is no such machine.

The money she is requesting is to buy spiral binding, laminate, and products for her bookstore and sweetshop. She knows that it will work out well for her since she has been able to give peace to the people who live with her, becasue her business is the only one nearby to get photocopies. She is very happy and grateful for the help that Fondo Esperanza has given her.

In this group: Carmen Dolores, Alicia Del Carmen, Haydee Del Rosario, Monica Isabel, Ester Oberlinda, Olga America, Gladys Yanette, Luis Alberto, Silvia Georgina, Amanda Celia, Carlos Eduardo, Andrea Soledad, Bernarda De Lourdes, Cecilia Del Carmen, Maria Alejandra, Mario Alfredo
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Meravi

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