A loan of $1,575 helped a member purchasing ingredients, goats and pigs for preparing food, and a small investment in a store.

Arcoiris Group's story


The group chose the name Arco Iris (“rainbow” for the group because it seemed very happy and because it inspires them to think that each day will be better. The group is based in the town of Jantetelco Morelos, where all of the members live: Gregoria A. C. makes a living preparing food for banquets, Noralit Marín H. sells Tupperware, Janet V. Aragón sells prepared prickly pears and pigs’ feet in vinegar. Bárbara Domínguez T. has a small car wash. Martha B. González sells different kinds of sandwiches.

Gregoria, or ‘Gollita’ as she is known, is widowed and lives with 2 granddaughters who are in her care: Kenia Jaquielin Benítez A. and Laura Jayún Benítez V. are both currently in secondary school. She has 5 children: Enrique, Salvador, Guadalupe, Georgina, and Alejandra, all of whom are adults and are already married. Two of her children are in the United States, since they needed to emigrate.

For 40 years she and her husband made a living selling food such as “mixiotes” (steamed individual meat stews wrapped in a maguey leaf), barbecued pork, and slow cooked meat. Gregoria maintains the business to this day. She is asking for a loan so that she can purchase the ingredients she needs in order to sell her food. She is requesting this loan because she invested her earnings from her business when she began selling groceries, since the only store in her town is very far away. She therefore saw the business opportunity and started up her store.

When she started her grocery store she was left without money to invest in her food sales, and that is why she is requesting the loan.

Gollita dreams of turning her land into an animal farm.

Gollita and the others are greatly benefiting from the loan, which they will use to purchase more utensils, livestock products, and vegetables, etc. They are very pleased to be receiving economic help from Fundacion Realidad and Kiva for the first time. They are grateful that they would not be charged interest and could keep working with the institution, and they will not let the institution down. Many thanks!

In this group: Gregoria, Noralit, Janet, Barbara, Martha

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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