Total loan: $4,275

Abigail Group

Santiago Pinotepa Nal,Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / Food

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A loan helped to purchase ingredients for making food.

Abigail Group's story

This communal bank, called "Abigail," is made up of eleven members who are hardworking and humble women. The members of this communal bank work in a store called "Gazher." The store has various departments, for example, pharmacy, grocery, gifts, deli, plastics, glassware, and greengrocer. They all work in different positions; some of the members even work in accounting. But they all care for each other a lot, regardless of the department each works in. Not all of them members are from Pinotepa originally. Some are from very small towns, but they came to Pinotepa to work and for a better quality of life. For them, Pinotepa is a land of progress and improvement. Having Fundacion Realidad in Pinotepa is helping the women to better their lives. One of the members is the bookkeeper Isaac Heriberto, who takes care of Gazher's accounting. But thanks to Fundacion Realidad, he also has a small business selling food. He tells us that what he likes most about his business is cooking. At night he sells crispy, fried tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, sopes and sandwiches (all local fare). He is very happy about the support Fundacion Realidad has given him. It has helped him to have a better life. His business earns him a good profit, and with that profit, he can give his family a better life. Isaac Heriberto is happily married to Señora Yuliana, a friendly and hardworking woman. She tells us that she is very happy about the support her husband has been given. She and her husband both take care of their food business and support one another in giving a better life to their two children. Bookkeer Isaac, as he is known to the other members of the communal bank and to his co-workers, tells us that he requested the loan to purchase more ingredients for the food he sells, like: green chilies, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chicken, beef, cheese, oil and farmer's cheese. One of the difficulties with the business is that sometimes Isaac has a lot of work at the store and is late getting home to help his spouse prepare the food for sale. Isaac is grateful to the Foundation for the support they have given him, which has enabled him to have his own business, to work and to generate more work. The other members of the group are: Minerva- who makes her living selling perfume. Dulce Elia -who makes her living selling perfume. Guadalupe Lucia-who makes her living selling shoes. Ivett- who makes her living selling large jugs of water. Guadalupe- who makes her living selling clothing. Marcelina- who makes her living selling grocery items. Tomasa Felicitas-who makes her living selling handicrafts. Elizabeth-who makes her living selling grocery items. Maria de Dolores –who makes her living selling grocery items. Angela Reyna- who makes her living selling food. They are all grateful to the Foundation for helping them to change their lives, to be able to have their own businesses and to improve their quality of life and that of their families, who are of greatest importance.