A loan of $3,000 helped a member to purchase a mill and products like corn, sugar, milk, sweet potatoes and coconut to make candy.

Shalom 3 & 8 Group's story

The members of the Shalom Bank of Hope have been with Esperanza International for about 6 loan cycles. They have been faithful in completing their payments and their businesses have experienced a certain amount of growth in profit and sales volumes.

Natividad M. is one of the group coordinators. She is a candy maker. She makes candy and sells it on the street. With this loan, she will buy the ingredients for making her candies such as corn, sweet potatoes, coconut, milk, and sugar.

She makes several types of candy. "Maiz dulce" which means "sweet corn," and is made with the whole grains of the corn kernels, then cooked in sweetened milk with cinnamon and cloves. "Dulce de coco" ("sweet cocoa") is either cooked in the stove or baked, and "dulce de batata" ("sweet potato") is a type of sweet potato pudding. Her candies have become well known in her area, but she would like to have a storefront in her house so that she can sell her candies there and avoid the walking.

Natividad's life is definitely not easy. Between cooking the candies and getting up early and walking the streets of Hato Mayor selling, she has very little time for herself and is often very tired from long days of work. She wants her three children (ages 11,12 and 15) to have a better life quality, which is why she is committed to suporting their education, hopefully until they become working professionals.

Please help us to continue to support this hard-working group of entrepreneurs through this Kiva loan. Thank you!

In this group: Natividad, Simeona, Gloria, Juana, Eliete, Adalgisa, Francisco, Robinson*, Magali, Leonor
*not pictured

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