A loan of $2,000 helped a member purchase dishes, pots, sugar, rice, milk, cosmetics, onions, carrots, sweaters, T-shirts, and assorted fruit.


Abejitas Trabajadoras Group's story

The Abejitas Trabajadoras (Little Worker Bees) microfinance institute is starting its first loan cycle with 16 members, many of whom live in the same neighborhood.


The members have different types of businesses, such as plastic sales, food sales, cosmetics by catalog, fruits, vegetables, provisions, clothing, and fish.


Aydee is a 31-year-old married mother with 3 children. She runs a restaurant in a rented business space, where she sells ceviche (citrus marinated fish) and pork rinds everyday with the help of her daughters.


Judith, on the other hand, is 30 years old, has a common law spouse and 2 children. She has a general store in her home where she sells vegetables, provisions and meat. Judith is also finishing her college degree.


The members of the group need different loan amounts—some 300.00 PEN, others 450.00 PEN, and still others 600.00 PEN—bringing the total to 6,450.00 PEN from the microfinance institute.


The loans will be invested in purchasing dishes, pots, sugar, rice, milk, cosmetics, onions, carrots, sweaters, T-shirts, and assorted fruit.
The group members dream of helping their children continue with their studies, expanding their businesses, and owning their own houses.

In this group: Isabel , Gregoria , Zulma Enit , Sarita , Noemi , Nelly , Maria Luz , Felipa , Ayde, Carmen , Judith , Steffany Doroty, Diana Esther , Marcelina , Rocio Ruth , Alejandrina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian



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