A loan of $4,300 helped a member purchase raw materials and make products to sell.

El Señor De Chalma Group's story

The "El Señor de Chalma" group is made up of 11 clients in the Sn. Miguel Tlacamama community, located about 10 kilometers from Pinotepa Nacional. They are all merchants. Many people in the region sell fresh cheeses, which is the case for Isidora Alberta C., who has sold them for five years. Her siblings split up the profits, since they are the ones who own the cows and make the product themselves. They give her a percentage of the profits when she goes to sell. Now, with the loan money, she will buy the product from her siblings and start her own small business. The product sells very well in the region and is considered an inexpensive basic necessity. With the supplies she obtains, she will keep investing in her cheese-selling business and continue purchasing pigs to fatten and sell them. She has done this activity for about eight years. She considers it part of her responsibility to recuperate the loan because the group depends on continuing to receive the benefits of the foundation. She will be able to help her husband, a peasant farmer, with the expenses, and also help her children, who are eight and ten years old.

The rest of the group members are also merchants. They will use the loan money to buy and sell vegetables, groceries, fresh cheeses, and women's clothing; buy ingredients for tacos, beverages, and pork tamales; and pay to transport merchandise and ingredients to the cities of Acapulgo Guerrero and Pinotepa Nacional. Maria Apolinaria R. buys green chiles and dried fish in the Pinotepa market and resells them in villages near Tlacamama. She says that she takes care of her husband, who has a leg disease that does not allow him to work. Since they do not receive support from any of their children, it is she who has supported her family for five years. She hopes that God will help her continue to make her payments and keep receiving credit from the foundation, as she has been doing for the past two and a half years. All of the group members' principal objective is to contribute economically to their families with their day-to-day earnings, and thus improve their quality of life.

In this group: Bernarda Leovigilda, Maria Del Rosario, Carmen Benita*, Maria Guadalupe, Isidora, Alicia Rosario, Minerva Irma, Maria Apolinaria, Soledad, Melissa, Isabel Luisa*

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Trisha Bury

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