A loan of $2,725 helped a member purchase material to build a palm shelter.


Las Juanitas Group's story

This group is called Juanitas because it was established on June 24th, the day of San Juan. One of the group members sells food. The communal bank is located in the San José Vista Hermosa residential area of the municipality of Puente de Ixtla, in the state of Morelos. This group is comprised of 9 members.


Ms. Angélica Rómula Nájera Vázquez is the group president. She is 29 years old and is cohabitating. She has a middle school education and has been selling provisions for 4 years. She has an 8-year-old son.


All the women in this group are very persevering, hardworking and enterprising, especially Antonia A. Guzmán (or Toñita as she is known by her friends). She is a person who has been able to get ahead despite many adversities. She is a 58-year-old Mexican widow who sells food for a living.


Ms. Toñita had been a homemaker until the day that she became a widow. In order to support her children, she started selling tacos on the streets. It was not easy since she was not used to working outside her home; however, her need to help her family get ahead gave her the strength to stay on her feet. Little by little, she has been expanding her business. She knows that she still has a long way to go. She dreams of setting up a palm shelter. With the loan that she will receive, she will start purchasing the materials she needs to reach her goal.


Ms. Teresa M. P. is another group member. She is 56 years old and never received a formal education. She is a married mother of two and sells food for a living. She started this business 16 years ago.


Ms. Guadalupe Sánchez R., another group member, is 25 years old and has a middle school education. She is cohabitating and has 2 children. She has been selling soft drinks and candy for two years.


Ms. Eusebia Sánchez M. is a 56-year-old widow with 3 children. She also has a middle school education. She has been selling bedspreads and pastry for 20 years.


Ms. Herlinda C. V. is 57 years old and has an elementary school education. She is cohabitating and has one son. She has been selling food for 5 years.


Ms. María del Carmen S. García is 48 years old and has an elementary school education. She is a married mother of 3 who has been selling bed sheets and bedspreads for 8 years.


Ms. Socorro S. V. is 31 years old and does not have a formal education. She is cohabitating and has 2 children. She has been selling cosmetics for 6 years.


Ms. Socorro M. A. is 59 years old and has an elementary school education. She is a married mother of 3 who has been selling provisions for 22 years.

In this group: Teresa , Guadalupe , Eusebia *, Herlinda , Ma Del Carmen , Antonia , Socorro , Angelica Romula , Socorro
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian



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