A loan of $1,500 helped a member buying merchandise to stock her store, such as pencils, pencil cases and notebooks, among other items.

San Miguel (Flat) Group's story

Guadalupe E. García lives in the San Miguel neighborhood of Copainala, in the state of Chiapas, México. She has three children, two daughters and one son: Yessenia, Maricela and Juan Dagoberto, all of whom are married and have their own children.

She has operated a store for the past 25 years. She comments that with this activity, she has been able to help her family get ahead. Although her store is small, it has given her good results as far as income for her household, and with this, she has also supported her children in finishing their education.

What has motivated her to request the loan from the Realidad Foundation is the need to buy more products and expand her business, and to buy higher-quality products, so that her customers will feel confident about the items they buy from her. She comments that she feels very satisfied with this work, since the store is in a good location, and she is popular among customers for the service she provides.

With the earnings she obtains from her business, she will invest in buying more merchandise, so that she will not be limited in the amount she can sell, and with this investment she will obtain better profits, so that she can save and do the best she can for her grandchildren, whom she adores and who are her reason for continuing.

She comments that her dream is to build a home for each one of her grandchildren, so that when they grow up, they will already have a place to live; however, the most important thing for her is that all of them finish their studies and have significant achievements in life, and for this reason, they will have her support as long as God grants her life.

The group is called "San Miguel," and it is made up of four women. The group has this name because it is the name of the neighborhood where they live. Guadalupe joined the group thanks to her daughter Yessenia, who is the group's representative. The members of the San Miguel group are:

Yessenia N. E.: she will invest the loan in buying shoe catalogs so she can take orders.
María de Jesús Velásquez Sánchez: she will use the loan to stock her store with higher-quality clothing.
Guadalupe E. García: she will invest the loan in her store, and she was the one interviewed for the Kiva program.
María Piedad Velásquez Hernández: she will invest the loan in buying Avon and shoe catalogs.

In this group: Yessenia, Maria De Jesus, Guadalupe, Maria Piedad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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