A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy more merchandise for her business.

Siempre Unidas De Smp Group's story

Guadalupe is the mother of two children, ages 15 and six. She is a member of the communal bank "Siempre Unidas". She lives with her husband, their two children and her mother-in-law. Both she and her husband support the household. Guadalupe sells and repairs cell phones and also sells accessories. She works 12 hours a day and has the help of her two children who attend school. She got started in the business thanks to a nephew who taught her about the activity and showed her how profitable it could be. She is very proud of her work since she was able to build her own home and give her children an education.

Guadalupe works full time in her business and plans to use the loan to buy new equipment. She is excited about the loan because it will allow her to expand a bit more. She has experienced difficult moments in life, the latest one being the theft of merchandise worth 6,000 PEN in only two months. Nevertheless, she is not discouraged by this and says she only wants to get ahead, as crying over spilt milk is a loss of time and money. Her goal is to own a bigger shop one day with a variety of equipment and accessories.

Guadalupe gets along with all the members of the group and says "We all get along great.". She is grateful for the support and help from KIVA lenders, who she encourages to continue helping small entrepreneurs in her country.

In this group: Dulia, Elsa, Daria, Sofia Hilaria, Maria Esther, Yolanda*, Alicia Angelica, Brigida Adelina, Guadalupe
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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