A loan of $675 helped a member invest in improving their businesses.

La Montañita #1 Group's story

The group La Montañita #1 is made up of three women from the region of the same name. They are women with an excellent credit record. They work in diverse businesses: Martha Cecilia makes and sells tortillas in her home and also slaughters pigs and sells nacatamales (corncakes stuffed with meat and vegetable and steamed in banana leaves), Juliana sells clothing and shoes in the street, and Maria Josefa sells clothing in the street and also has a convenience store in her home. All three are well known in their community for their businesses, their sense of responsibility and their honor.

Mrs. María Josefa F. is 37 years old. She was born in the same place she currently lives. She learned her business when she very young, from her mother. She is the mother of three teenagers; her children help her prepare the tortillas, slaughter the pigs and prepare the nacamatales. Her husband helps her with the household expenses. He works for a food company as a security guard.

She works every day. Weekends she works selling the pork and the nacamatales. She comments that she feels well treated by Adim because she feels among friends and Adim teaches her to improve her business and herself, as a person. Previously she was a person who did not know that her work had much value. In the training courses she learned a lot of new things. This has motivated her to move her business ahead and be punctual with her loan payments. She dreams of improving her home and her workplace. She also dreams that her children will complete their studies.

In this group: Martha Cecilia, Juliana Isabel, María Josefa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Corcoran

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