A loan of $1,250 helped a member purchase basic products: sugar, rice, beans, salt, oil, soap, milk.

Flor De Jacinto Group's story

Juana J. M. is 43 years old and is the representative of the enterprising family Flor de Jacinto; in this type of group the borrowers are family members but each one of them has his or her own business. Juana sells groceries. She started the business because her husband lost his job and then his severance pay was invested into the small business. The store is the principal source of income for the household and as an extra activity, her husband buys and sells wood; they invest approximately 5,000 pesos for each order of wood.

Juana has 3 children, one is at a university, one is in high school and one is in middle school. She needs the loan in order to buy rice, sugar, corn, beans, oil, milk and other basic products.

Juana wants her children to be able to finish their studies and for this reason she works with a lot of effort and dedication so they can have success in the future. She also earns income from raising pigs. She dreams of having a large grocery store in order to contend with the competition in her community.

Lucía G. R. belongs to Juana’s Group, she is 47 years old and sells pozol which is the traditional drink of the region as well as artisanal crafts ( bags, tortilla baskets, baby cradles and fans among other crafts) She started her pozol selling business approximately 20 years ago.

Luica needs the loan in order to buy corn, cacao and firewood to continue selling pozol. She also wants to buy a scale; for now, in order for her to complete her orders, she has to borrow a scale from a neighbor.

She has 3 children studying in university; for this reason she needs to invest more in her business. The purchase of the scale would make things easier so she wouldn’t have go to her neighbor’s house to weigh her products; her main clients are the people in her community.

Currently she sells her products at home and has dreams of having a place next to her home to set up her business.

In this group: Juana, María Dorys, Lucia, María Santos

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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