A loan of $4,500 helped a member purchase of raw materials to make cheese.

Oasis Group's story

Señora Noemí García M. is from a small community called Tonalá, in the municipality of Ayutla de los Libres, State of Guerrero, Mexico. In order to get to the community, there is a detour off the highway over 8 km. of rough dirt track, barely usable during the rainy season, before arriving at the main town. She is 29, married with 3 children of 8, 4, and 7 months. For the last 3 years she has been selling fresh cheeses that she makes herself with milk that she buys from small dairies in the area. She also has had a grocery shop for a short while, and she would like to enlarge her business. Although she is married, her husband gives her very little towards expenses since he works at subsistence-level agriculture. Therefore she needs to sell more to generate more income to improve the economic situation of her family. Among other necessities is the purchase of a cheese press in order to diversify her products to sell pressed cheeses, since currently she only sells fresh cheese. If she continues to qualify for more credit, she will be able to buy this machine with the next loan. Before requesting a loan through Fundación Realidad, she was working through a savings bank, but because of bad service she decided to change to Fundación Realidad. For this she had to form a group of 12 persons, each with their own economic activity. The names of the members of the group and their business are below:

Name, Loan Amount, Business
Areli R. R., 5,000, Selling snacks
Bertoldina C. S., 5,000, Selling sweets and meals in school
Gumecinda G. M., 5,000, Selling groceries
Elvia R. Matías, 5,000, Selling fruits and vegetables
Roberto C. C., 5,000, Selling candy
Noemí G. M., 3,000, Selling cheese
Lourdes G. C., 5,000, Baking and selling bread
Irene C. Lozano, 5,000, Selling perfumes
Esteban R. M., 5,000, Selling groceries
Israel R. C., 5,000, Servicing passenger cars
Roberto C. R., 5,000, Selling country produce
Anabel Jijón G., 5,000, Selling perfumes

In this group: Areli*, Bertoldina, Gumecinda, Elvia, Roberto, Noemí, Lourdes, Irene, Esteban, Israel, Roberto, Anabel
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geoffrey and Susan Gall

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