Total loan: $2,700

La Alegría Group

Localidad Corrales, Acatlan de Perez Figueroa Oaxa, Oax., Mexico / Retail

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A loan helped to buy cookies, snacks, sodas, detergent, and toilet paper.

La Alegría Group's story

To reach a community in Oaxaca surrounded by hills, reedbeds, and rubber trees, one must traverse 15 kilometers, some made of pavement and some dirt tracks. On the way, the Pico de Orizaba can be appreciated in its maximum splendor, as it is usually surrounded by clouds and the light of the sun creates a unique atmosphere. In this community, the group named Alegria(Joy) was formed, as this trait characterizes all of its members. The group is made up by: Karina, who sells fruit cocktails; Rufina, traditional fabrics; Andrea, groceries, novelty products, and sodas; Reyna, traditional food; Marcela, fish; Teresa, groceries; and Rosa, sodas and vegetables. Tere, who is better known as Teresa, has been both a father and mother, as she raised her four children by herself. Her entrepreneurial spirit has taken her to sell bread and fish, to fresh chicken inside her community. Four years ago, she found the most effective way of obtaining an income through a grocery store. At the beginning, her business only consisted of a small table where she places rice, sugar, soup, oil, and eggs, that is, the most basic products. However, currently her store is located inside of a wooden shop in which she has collected two refrigerators and two spacious shelves where she exhibits her merchandise: “I sell a bit of everything, little by little,” she says in a great mood. The shops opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. Through the course of the day, her children support her with customer service. The profits obtained have allowed her to provide for her children’s studies, restock her store, and to meet each of the loan payments on time, which she will invest in the purchase of cookies, snacks, sodas, detergents, and toilet paper. With these words, the group expresses how they feel about the loan: “thank you to each of the people who believe in us, this helps us to strengthen our occupations.” *The group photograph was taken at Tere’s store, who is wearing a gray skirt, and a gray and white striped shirt.