A loan of $4,075 helped a member to buy dry cheese, bread, fruits and vegetables.

Las Praderas Group's story

This development unit is called Las Praderas (The Meadows) because there are many trees nearby. It is a settlement in the state of Guerrero that is a bit remote; it is an hour from the municipal center. The members of the group are 10 persons from the same location. They are: Reyna , Angelita, Soila, Rosalina, Zarina, Maira, Adelfa, Lucia, Yolanda, Bernabe, Alejandra and Elvia.

Reyna and Angelita sell beverages. Soila sells clothes. Rosalina sells Bimbo (bakery) products. Zarina and Maira sell fruits and vegetables. Adelfa and Lucia sell food. Yolanda makes comales (flat earthen ware pan for cooking tortillas). Bernabé is a butcher, Alejandra is a baker and Elvia is a grocer.

Maira Z. G., 21, is the group representative. She is in a common-law union and knows how to read and write. She went to junior high school but did not complete it. She has three daughters, who are 6, 4, and 2 years of age. She has a fruit and vegetable stand in her home since she lives downtown. She uses her profits to supply herself with things but she wants to have funding to support her daughters.

She needs funds to buy certain other items like: dry cheese and products because she has noticed that these items sell well and that would provide her with good profits so that she will have enough to better dress and support her daughters.

In this group: Reina, Angelita, Soila*, Rosalina, Zarina, Adelfa, Lucia, Maria, Yolanda, Bernabe, Alejandra, Elvia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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