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Asaf Group
In this Group: Raquel , Felisa , María Angélica , Agustina , Emma , Norma
The “Asaf” group is made up only of women who are very hardworking and responsible. They live in a small and very peaceful area where the people earn their living growing corn. The group's members tell the story that they chose the name because they got it from the Bible. They are not entirely sure what it means, but they like it. It has to do with an evangelical name and the members believe it was a person who organized musicians. They tell us that the place where they live, San Agustín Mextepec, celebrates the day the evangelist came to the place.

Doña Agustina, who is one of the group's representatives, says that she is 54 years old and has been married for forty years to Juan who works in the countryside although he is also a merchant. Doña Agustina earns a living selling household products and mentions that she began by selling from neighborhood to neighborhood, carrying the products in her arms, but now her situation has changed since she has some very well-established stands. Doña Agustina has requested the loan in order to purchase more merchandise such as blender jars, knives, scissors, clotheslines, gloves, buckets, brushes, etc.

Agustina comments that the difficulty that presents itself is when the delegates, or leaders of the plaza, don't allow her to sell as she wishes since if one doesn't sell for two or three days they may take one's spot away.

Doña Agustina would like her two daughters, although they are still in school, to practice the profession they like the most. For example, her daughter Diana would like to be a nurse or doctor, and her other daughter, Esmeralda, would like to be a teacher in order to instruct children. Agustina says that she will help them as much as she can. She also would like for the kitchen she hired someone to build to be finished soon so she may try it out for the first time.

The group's other members are: Raquel who will invest in blender jars, Maria Angelica who will invest in blender jars and bases, Felisa who will purchase canvas of various sizes and colors, Emma who will invest in sewing supplies and Norma in blender jars and sewing supplies.

They are all very grateful and happy to have received the loan.
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El grupo “Asaf” está conformado por solo un grupo de mujeres que son muy trabajadoras y responsables, viven en un lugar muy tranquilo y pequeño donde la gente se dedica al cultivo de maíz las integrantes del grupo cuentan que el nombre lo eligieron porque lo sacaron de la biblia, no saben con seguridad qué significa, pero les gusta. Se trata de un nombre evangélico y las integrantes creen que era el nombre de una persona que organizaba músicos.

Nos cuentan que el lugar donde viven, San Agustín Mextepec, celebra el día en que el evangelio llega al lugar.
Doña Agustina, quien es una de las representantes del grupo, cuenta que tiene 54 años de edad; está casada desde hace 40 años con el señor Juan quien trabaja en el campo aunque también es comerciante. Doña Agustina se dedica a la venta de jarciería (productos de limpieza) y menciona que empezó vendiendo ranchando (ofreciendo los productos de comunidad en comunidad) cargando los productos en sus brazos, pero ahora la situación ha cambiado ya que tiene puestos muy bien establecidos. Doña Agustina ha solicitado el crédito para comprar más mercancía como vasos de licuadora, cuchillos, tijeras, lasos para tendedero, guantes, cubetas cepillos, etc.

Agustina comenta que la dificultad que presenta es cuando lo delegados o líderes de la plaza no la dejan vender a gusto ya que si no trabajan por dos días o tres días les pueden quitar sus puestos.

A Doña Agustina le gustaría que sus dos hijas, que aun están estudian, ejerzan la carrera que más les guste. Por ejemplo, a su hija Diana le gustaría ser enfermera o doctora y a su otra hija, Esmeralda, le gustaría ser maestra para enseñarles a los niños. Agustina dice que hasta donde ella pueda ayudarlas lo hará, también le guitaría que terminaran pronto la cocina que mandó a hacer para estrenarla.

Las demás integrantes del grupo son: Raquel, quien invertirá en vasos de licuadora; María Angélica quien invertirá en controles y vasos de licuadoras; Felisa, quien comprará lonas de diferentes tamaños y colores; Emma invertirá su crédito en mercería y Norma, en vasos de licuadoras y mercería. Todas ellas están muy agradecidas y contentas por el crédito otorgado.

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 82
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,636,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 14.0
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Asaf Group's $4,600 loan helped a member to purchase blender jars, cutlery, clotheslines, cleaning clothes, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 17, 2012
May 31, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 16, 2012