A loan of $7,000 helped a member to buy chickens and fish.

Comerciantes De San Juan Group's story

This group is called "Comerciantes de San Juan" and is made up of nine humble, indigenous people from a marginalized town named Santiaguito. There are many green trees there, and the majority of people dress in "huipiles" [traditional embroidered dresses] and do not cover their breasts. The majority of men in the community make a living by harvesting corn.

One of the members of the group is señora Águeda, who is 31. She has sold chickens and fish for 3 years. What she likes most about her job is plucking the chickens and cleaning the fish. She tells us that she goes out to sell them to the houses in the community in the mornings and afternoons.

She tells us that she is a widow and has 5 children: Aurelio, Jose, Maria, Liliana, and Isabel, who are her biggest treasures. They are her inspiration and strength for getting ahead. One of her dreams is to give her children a better future.

She asked for the loan to buy more chickens and fish to sell wholesale and retail. She tells us that selling chickens is the most profitable because it's what her compatriots like a lot.

She tells us about one of her experiences: what she first started to sell was chickens, she bought them little by little and went out to sell them to houses. With her profits, she bought fish and stopped selling chickens. But thanks to the support of the foundation, she bought more chickens and fish to sell. Selling fish also makes good profits for her, but not more than the chickens. She tells us that she is happy to have two businesses since these profits help her children with their education.

She is very grateful to the foundation for helping good and indigenous people.

The other members of the group are:

Carmelita – who sells beef
Pablo - who sells beef
Julia - who sells chicken
Margarita - who sells embroidered clothing
Alicia - who sells bread
Sonia - who sells bricks
Marcelino - who sells Mexican comfort food
Edith - who sells bricks.

She is thankful to the foundation for helping good people who have the desire to improve themselves, get ahead, and fulfill their dreams. Common and poor people also have hopes and dreams.

In this group: Carmelita , Pablo, Julia , Margarita , Alicia , Sonia , Agueda , Maricelino, Edith

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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