A loan of $1,625 helped a member operating capital to buy materials.

Choxbajan Group's story

Doña Aura is married and completed elementary school only through the fourth grade. She has four children of different ages, three sons and a daughter. The oldest is ten years old and the youngest is two years old. Her husband works as a traveling merchant and she helps with some of the family expenses, such as paying for the schooling of three of her children. Aura earns her living making baskets and has plenty of experience because she has done this type of work since she was a girl. Having enthusiasm, the desire to succeed personally and in her family life, and with the help of some neighbors, Aura was able to organize a group in order to request a loan.

This Communal Bank is called “Mujeres de Choxbajan” (Women of Choxbajan), a name that was chosen by all of the members since it contains the name of their hometown. The group consists of eleven women who are involved in different business activities such as raising animals, manufacturing baskets, and selling daily consumer products. This loan will be used to buy materials so that they can generate more income to help the development of their families. One of their difficulties has been the lack of capital, but now they can get ahead and expect to expand production as well as generate more income.

In this group: Aura Marina, Paula, Sara, Juana, Felipa Olivia, Catarina, Silvia, María Ramona, Juana, Bartola, Andrea

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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