A loan of $850 helped a member buy merchandise for individual businesses.

La Isla Group's story

Rosario began selling clothing and shoes two years ago on her own initiative. She and her husband took a trip to León-Moroleón-San Juan of Lakes and bought a variety of merchandise to sell to help pay for household expenditures, since Rosario's husband has never had a salaried job and has always worked odd jobs. Sometimes, Rosario is the one who has to work to help her son get ahead and pay for household expenditures.

Martina launched her business at the invitiation of a friend, since her husband left her for another woman and no longer helps support the family. She had to see for herself what the best way to care for her children and help them get ahead would be. She decided to start selling jewelry two years ago with the encouragement of a friend.

Hortensia started her business because of some health problems she was having. She was suffering from broncheal asthma, and her blood pressure went up dramatically as a result. She began taking natural remedies and they greatly improved her health. A little over a year ago, she became an independent distributor of these products so that more people can enjoy the benefits of natural remedies.

The three women make up the La Isla ("The Island") group and are requesting a loan of $850, which they will repay in three months, to buy more merchandise for their businesses.

In this group: Maria Del Rosario, Martina, Hortensia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cynthia McMurry

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