A loan of $1,950 helped a member purchase of sweets, artistic photographs, wood, tostadas, oil, gelatin moulds, puddings, and milk.

Violeta Group's story

Violeta is a group which was formed by people dedicated to moving ahead in life; all the founding members proposed various groups names until “Violeta” was chosen in a unanimous decision. The group is located in the Colonia Jardín in the Chalco Solidaridad Valley, in the state of Mexico. The founders of the group are:

Mrs. Teresa N. D. L. C. is the representative of the group; she is 54 years old with six married children. Teresa only finished the first graD. of primary school, and since that time, she has had to work. Unfortunately, she was widowed eight months ago. She sells snack foods such as tacos, quesadillas, and gorditas; she also sells candies and potatoes, and she rents out homes. She began her business roughly two years ago; as she saw the need to increase her income, she goes out daily to sell her products and when she can, she goes to events such as dances. Teresa tries to sell as much as she can, and with this source of income she goes about supporting herself now that she has no family to support her. She always tries to have the ingredients ready for the preparation of her food in time to sell her products at night. Even if she is busy running to keep up with her sales, she will always try to come out ahead. Her plans are to put in another food stall and to do some home improvement projects. She has decided to take out this loan to invest in her snack stall business, and the other part in fixing up her house.

The other nine founding members of the group are:
EsteL. Díaz N. (sale of artistic photographs), Ricardo Ramírez Gómez (clothing store), Viridiana C. Díaz (sale of tostados), Ofelia B. B. (sale of piñatas). Efrén Martínez V. (sale of sweets), MariseL. F. Hernández (bakery), Nancy S. M. (woodworking), Laura N. Guzmán (sale of sweets), Yolanda F. Hernández (sale of snack foods), Rene E. E. (sale of sweets) and Roberto C. M. (sale of artistic photographs).

They would like a loan to be able to buy necessary items to increase their stocks if items such as candy, photos, raw materials for food, flour, gelatin, and disposable items. Increasing their stocks will allow them to have more customers.

The group feels fortunate to be able to work with support from Kiva through Fundacion Realidad.

In this group: Estela, Viridiana, Teresa , Maricela*, Laura , Rene, Ricardo, Ofelia , Efren , Nancy , Yolanda , Roberto *
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mairead Harris

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