A loan of $1,250 helped a member purchase additional needed materials for sweets and additional gasoline for re-sale.

Pasos Firme Group's story

Avelia operates two significantly differently entrepreneurial activities. Avelia sells both sweets and gasoline. Aided by Esperanza International, Avelia has been able to purchase additional materials, including the needed ingredient to produce her sweets and additional levels of gasoline, to increase the level of sales for both entrepreneurial activities and gain a greater return. Thus far, throughout the life of her business, Avelia has encountered some setbacks including the deaths of loved ones, but her ambition remains to own her own “colmado”, or small store one day, and encourage the growth and education of her children (ages: 18, 15, 11, 9).

Avelia is not alone in her quest to succeed through entrepreneurial activities. Avelia is a member of the micro-finance bank “Pasos Firme”. All the members of the bank are illiterate. Along with the four other women, Avelia is seeking additional loan funds from Esperanza to encourage growth in her business. Other members of Avelia’s microfinance bank run similar entrepreneurial ventures including selling peanut butter and assorted food sales.

On behalf of Esperanza and this group of business entrepreneurs, we would like to thank you for your support!

In this group: Maria, Avelia, Jillena, Nina, Maria

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