A loan of $3,325 helped a member purchase of catalogs, shoes, bedspreads and comforters, perfumery, lotions, biscuits, CDs.


Shalom Group's story

They are Shalom (which means peace and well-being), a group made up of 11 members, all of whom are persons with dreams and desires to improve and succeed. They all live in the Valle de Chalco area of Colonia San Miguel, Mexico. This group was formed thanks to a mutual acquaintance who told them about FRAC, which they then decided to inquire about.

Guadalupe, a member of the group Shalom, is 40 years old. She just finished high school and is a single mother with two children, 20 years old and 2 years old. Guadalupe has sold school supplies in a stationery shop for the past 6 years as she desires a better future for her family. She likes sales; it helps her attend to people. For her, it is very rewarding to have her own business. Everyday she opens early and closes late. There are days when the sales are not good, but even then she tries to come out ahead.

With this loan she wants to buy more articles, such as notebooks, coloring instruments, geometric games, erasers, pencil sharpeners and pencils, to have more merchandise at the stationery shop. Her plans are to finish fixing her house, giving her children an education and to have her own place so she no longer has to pay rent.

The other members of the group are:
Aurora (Sale of shoes and bedspreads by catalog)
Javier (Sale of construction materials)
Patricia (Sale of bedspreads and comforters by catalog)
Sixto (Sale of seasonal articles, imitation jewelry and other trinkets)
Patricia (Sale of bedspreads and comforters by catalog)
Laura (Sale of Avon and Jafra)
Mariana (Sale of shoes by catalog)
David (Sale of CDs and buscuits)
Abigail (Sale of snacks and tamales)
Josefina (Sale of perfumes)
Silvina (Sale by catalog)

They are grateful for the support Kiva has given them to have a better future and accomplish their goals.

In this group: Aurora, Javier, Patricia, Sixto, Laura , Mariana, David*, Abigail*, Josefina, Silvina, Guadalupe
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tania Mazumdar


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