A loan of $1,500 helped a member purchasing gold, sugar, butter, soaps, sanitary napkins, corn flour, rice, chicken, coffee, beans, and dairy products.

Rosas Rojas Group's story

This group is named Red Roses and is organized as follows:

Guadalupe del Carmen D.: Her principal activity is trade. She has spent 11 and a half years selling gold, which she does by foot. In this time she has learned administration, and with the money she has earned she has been able to support her husband in educating their two daughters, who are now professionals themselves. She is married and has only one child still as a dependant. Her husband works as a farmer.

Marta G. N.: Began her convenience store 12 years ago, which operates under the name of Pulperia Suyapita. She acts as mother and father for her children, as her partner emigrated to the United States in search of better living conditions. She has three children who are in secondary school. She takes care of them and her husband sends money back, which they use to make improvements on their home.

Gladys R.: Began her convenience store, Pulperia R., 6 years ago. This type of business is very common in the area, convenience stores are located very close to eachother, and htose which provide the best service earn the most customers. She is married but has no children, and her husband works as a prison guard. Their living conditions have improved notably now that they no longer depend only on the husband's salary, but as well on the income from the convenience store.

Nora Argentina R.: Works selling vegetables, which she has done for 4 years. This business was created with her husband, with whom she has two children who depend on them 100%. The vegetables are bought in the major market in Tegucigalpa and sometimes in the city of Danli as well. She makes her purchases every Thursday, and distributes them on foot to different communities, villages, and farmhouses in the region of Jamastran. This is done in a cart belonging to her husband, which he uses to distribute dairy products from Monday to Thursday, in order to generate more money than the vegetables alone would earn.

In this group: Guadalupe Del Carmen, Marta , Gladys Maribel, Nora Argentina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Martyn

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