A loan of $3,475 helped a member ingredients and supplies.

Agua De La Caña Group's story

The group "agua de la caña" (sugar cane water) takes its name from the community that is a part of the municipality of Pinotepa Nacional Oaxaca. Its members are businesswomen. Alicia and Veronica sell fresh cut up chicken. Teresa, Leovigilda, and Angela sell tamales. Margarita and Porfiria sell cosmetics from a catalog. Andrea sells vegetables. Dolores sells bread and Carolina sells fresh and dried fish and shrimp that she gets from Pinotepa or Corralero, where they fish for seafood.

Teresa is the group’s representative. She is married and has two children, ages 14 and 5. She sells tamales because she’s been working for many years in this trade and this is an item that sells quickly and in good quantity. She works so that she can help her husband with the household expenses and she hopes that her children will succeed and one day take professional careers. She will use the money from this loan to buy ingredients, such as dried chili, lard, salt, oregano, banana leaves, corn, and firewood. She will also use some of the money to pay for trips to Pinotepa, where she buys her ingredients.

She knows all of her fellow members very well and tells us that they are very responsible people who will not be delinquent with their payments. She also says that in the future she would like to open an establishment where she can offer a variety of food, such as sopes, enchiladas, tamales, tostadas, etc. She is thankful for the support that the Kiva lenders have given her through “Fundacion Realidad,” and asks that they continue to offer loans so that the ladies can improve their lives.

In this group: Alicia , Teresa, Margarita , Leovigilda, Veronica, Porfiria , Andrea*, Dolores, Angela, Carolina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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