A loan of $5,100 helped a member to buy ingredients for making Mexican snacks.

El Puente Group's story

This group is called 'El Puente' (The Bridge). It is made up of ten indigenous, hard-working women who would like to improve their lives and those of their families.

The members of this group are from Pinotepa Nacional which is home to good, hard-working people. In Pinotepa Nacional, there are a lot of people who run small businesses. It is a reflection of their hard work and their desire to make progress.

One of the members of this group is Adelfa Celsa who is 40 years old. Celsa, as she is better known among her fellow group members, is noted for being a kind, hard-working lady.

Celsa's business is selling Mexican snacks. She has been in this business for three years. What she most enjoys about her business is serving her customers and cooking for them with love.

However, what Celsa does not enjoy is having to stay awake so late because she sells her snacks at nighttime, getting out her table and her dishes.

Celsa also works as a locksmith, making duplicates of keys. She has been in this business for ten years. She is very happy because her two businesses make her good profits and she is thereby able to enjoy a better quality of life.

Celsa is happily married to Gonzalo and the couple have three daughters: Araceli, Jessica and Liliana, who are their pride and joy.

Celsa requested this loan to buy more ingredients for making Mexican snacks such as tomatoes, onions, garlic, cheese, 'quesillo' (soft cheese), chicken and tortillas. She will use the rest of the money to buy more keys and padlocks for her locksmith business.

Celsa tells us that she is very happy with Fundación Realidad for helping her to continue to grow her business.

The other members of this group are:
Socorro - who sells groceries.
Esther - who sells Mexican snacks
Dulce Olivia - who provides a music service
Florencia Griselda - who sells Mexican snacks.
Olivia Lucila - who sells clothing.
Isabel Claudia - who sells soft drinks.
Gloria - who sells perfumes.
Carmen - who sells groceries.
Maria Isabel - who sells perfumes.

The ladies would like to thank Fundación Realidad for helping them to grow their businesses so that they can use their profits to enjoy a better quality of life.

* The lady who does not appear in the photograph is Isabel Claudia.

In this group: Adelfa Celsa , Socorro, Esther , Dulce Olivia , Florencia Griselda , Olivia Lucila , Isabel Claudia*, Gloria, Carmen, Ma Isabel
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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