Total loan: $4,525

Cristo Vive Group

san antonio Enchisi, Atlacomulco, Méx., Mexico / Retail

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A loan helped to buy costume jewelry and fertilizer.

Cristo Vive Group's story

Cristo Vive is the name of a group that is located in a very peaceful Mexican community. It stands out for its prickly pear crops and the business activity of its inhabitants. Most of them still maintain their mother tongue. In their homes you can hear long and interesting conversations in Mazahua. Even though the community is small, the vegetation is extensive, and the scenery is very picturesque. Elia lives in this community. She is very friendly, happy, and hard-working. She is a clear example of the personality of the population. She has been married to Gustavo for 13 years. He works as an administrative assistant at a school. Together they have created a family with four children. Three of the children attend different levels of school. When she started she sold baby clothes in an itinerant manner. She has 17 years of experience as a merchant. She traveled the streets in her area looking for customers. However, 11 years ago she found another opportunity for getting income. She currently buys and sells costume jewelry like earrings and beaded jewelry. She also sells nail clippers, pins, ribbons, and bows. She works every day at the municipal market or at the stand that she has in another state in the republic. Elia is very grateful for the previous loans that she received because they helped her to build her own house. Before that she lived with her in-laws. Also, with the earnings that she got she was able to set up a small tomato and prickly pear garden. Sometimes she sell these items on the street. She will use her new loan to buy jewelry like beaded items, pins, bows, earrings, bracelets, and rings. She will also buy fertilizer for her plants. The other members of the group are Sofía, who will buy clothes and prickly pears; María Guadalupe, who will buy baby clothes; and Eulalia, who will buy costume jewelry. *The photograph was taken at Elia's house. Some of the products that she sells can be seen. She is the one carrying the baby.