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A loan of $2,450 helped a member to buy yarn and fabric.

Optimistas I Group's story

This is the group called “Las Optimistas” [The Optimists] and it’s located in the municipality of Tolcayuca, which is 40 minutes from the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo. The group is made up of 11 members. They are represented by Alberta M., who sells food outside schools.

Mary (María Elena P. Rodríguez) studied through primary school. She is 44 years old, she has three children (15, 14, and 10 years old), and her husband has always worked in the fields. Mary makes seasonal knit clothing and this time she is going to use the loan to buy yarn and fabric for making clothing and blankets for the “Niños Dios” [sculptural figures of the Christ Child] that she makes for 2 February, the day of Candlemas, which is a beautiful Mexican tradition. For her, success would be her children being able to complete their education.

Mariana, Gabriela, Julia, Lidia, and Elvia sell food; Leonor has a small grocery store; María Teresa sells jackets and coats; and Alejandra sells shoes from catalogs.

In this group: Mariana, Alejandra, Alberta, Leonor, Lidia, Gabriela, Julia, Maria Teresa, Maria Elena, Fabiola , Elvia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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