A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy ingredients.

Estrellas De Tilapa Group's story

This photo was taken in Belen's bakery. She is a member of the “Estrellas de Tilapa” (Stars of Tilapa) group which is located in the town of San José Tilapa, Puebla, Mexico. In this photo you can see the 'pan de muerto' (bread of the dead) which is traditional for this season and which Belen makes with a lot of effort and dedication. She started her bakery business 20 years ago. She is requesting this loan to buy ingredients. Her customers prefer to buy their bread from her because it is hand made unlike that sold in other bakeries. Doña Belen's bread is considered some of the best in the region. She is currently feeling happy with this new loan. She is 43 years old, studied at secondary level, is married and has two children who are already married and no longer live with her. She hopes to sell her bread in more places and hopes to open another store in the not-so-distant future. The group has 9 members altogether.

In this group: Fabiola, Mary Mar, Josefina, Carmen, Gabriela, Belen, Karina, Elvira, Guillermina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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