A loan of $3,850 helped a member for a new bread slicer.


Libras Group's story

The group is called LIBRAS after the sign of the Zodiac represented by a scale because that’s what they want for their group: that it is balanced. It is located in Jojutla de Juárez’s Pedro Amaro neighborhood in the state of Morelos. There are 11 members in the group.

Amada López Zúñiga, known as Amadita, is the group president. She is 58 years old, married, completed elementary school, and has been a baker for the last 5 years. She has 5 children: one girl and four boys. She also has a grandson that she is raising; he is the only one still dependent on her economically. The idea to install a bakery arose when Fernando, her oldest son, who was employed in a bakery, had three accidents on the way to work. She decided it would be best to set up her own bakery taking advantage of Fernando’s experience and skills.

Amadita had been a housewife up to this point so starting out in this business wasn’t easy. However, the trust she placed in her son had the desired success. They started off with a small oven, using their dinner table and baking sheets improvised from oil cans; they purchased all their ingredients with Fernando’s severance pay and savings they had.

Amadita’s commercial activities have been life changing for her and her family; she has both her son and husband employed by her firm. Her goal is that it grows into a large, commercial bakery.

She will use the funds to buy a new slicer. This will be a first step toward equipping her small bakery to become a large, commercial baking company.

Ana Lilia M. V., 37, is group treasurer. She finished secondary school, lives with her life partner, and has 5 children. She has sold groceries for the last 12 years.

Leticia M. V., 28, is another group member. She finished secondary school, is single, and has sold shoes for the last 2 years.

Flora Gómez Juárez, 47, is another group member. She finished elementary school, is married, has four children and has sold atole (a drink made from corn flour and milk) and tamales for 30 years.

Ausencia O. A., 51, is another group member. She finished elementary school, is single, and has sold atole and tamales for 17 years.

Another group member is María del Carmen López Gómez, 32. She finished elementary school, lives with her life partner, has two children and has sold cosmetics for 5 years.

Dolores N. S., 32, is another group member. She finished high school, is married and has sold clothing for 3 years.

Erika B. Pavía, 33, is another group member. She finished middle school, lives with her life partner, has two children and has sold prepared meals for 7 years.

Finally, María Adriana Valentín O., 24, is Amada López’s daughter-in-law. She finished elementary school, lives with her life partner, has a son and has sold bread for the last 5 years.

In this group: Amada , Analilia , Dolores , Leticia , Flora , Ma Del Carmen , Ma Adriana , Erika , Ausencia , Salome *, Ana Rubi *
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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