A loan of $2,650 helped a member to buy gas, corn, lime, butter, cheese, meat, chili, disposable plates, half cream and and plastic bags.

Imperio Group's story

The group Imperio was named after the fact of breathing pure air and seeing the changes in nature that happen every day. It has 7 members, who live in a sugar-cane area. Most inhabitants work in agriculture and cultivate this product. The challenge for them is the rainy season, as they need to walk among the furrows of cane, but this is not an issue for those who have devoted and devote part of their lives to this activity.

The group members are: Dulce María (sale of laminated gold), Agustina (sale of sodas), Raquel (sale of sodas), Elizabeth (sale of clothes), Andrés (sale of sodas), Belma (sale of clothes and candy) and Carmina (sale of food). Carmina has devoted 15 years to selling tamales (small steamed cakes of dough made from corn) and antojitos (little cravings). Today she is very popular in the community because of how well she prepares the food. She says she started selling "antojitos" in the street with a basket. She now sells at her house on weekend afternoons. The tamales are still sold in the streets.

She plans to use the loan to buy gas, corn, lime, butter, cheese, meat, chili, disposable plates, cream and plastic bags. Carmina uses what she earns to buy food for her family and to cover expenses (light, water, gas), as well as to make improvements to the location where she sells her "antojitos".

"Thank you for your trust and for helping us to give another step in our business", says Carmina.

In this group: Dulce Maria Leticia, Agustina, Carmina, Raquel, Elizabeth, Andres, Belma Lizeth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Alcaina

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