A loan of $1,650 helped a member raising sheep and a grocery store.

Chalmita Group's story

Esperanza Mondragón V.
Chalmita Group

Esperanza, or “Pera”, as she is known in the community, lives in a small village called El Lindero. It is in the furthest outskirts of the Indígena de Crescencio Morales community in the Zitacuaro municipality of Michoacán. She is a happy 19 year old young woman who wishes to invest in a grocery store and take advantage of her house’s location. It is next to the town’s elementary school.

Her plan is to stock a location with groceries and have a mini-business where she can get income to support her small two year old. Pera became a single mother at a very young age. Now her biggest goal is to work to give her daughter everything that she needs.

Esperanza, like the other members of the group, is a hard-working person. She is accustomed to working in the field, walking long distances, and getting up at daybreak to do her work such as farming, commercial activities, or taking care of animals.

Note: Juevntina Mondragón wanted to be in the photo with her relatives, but she does not belong to the group.

In this group: Alberta, Braulia, Beatriz Adriana, Esperanza, Maria Marcelina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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