A loan of $2,100 helped a member bUYING SEWING MATERIALS, THREAD, CLOTH, AND HATS.

Tercer Cuartel Group's story

This group is called “Tercel Cuartel” (3rd Quarter) because Atlacomulco where they live is divided into quarters. Here the majority of the population have an economic base in the cultivation and sale of vegetables. These are very hard working people. The group is composed of 10 members and this is the 3rd time they have solicited a loan from CrediComun.

The photo was taken in the house of Mrs. Rosa Maria where their weekly reunions are held. Let's look at the Rosa Maria's work. She is the 1st person right to left in the photo. She is 48 years old and only learned to read and write in primary school. She sells pockets ordered by dressmakers and seasonal articles, primarily in the public markets of different municipalities, like Atlacomulco, Istlahuaca, and El Oro, to mention a few. Rosa Maria has been doing this for 22 years. She mentions that previous loans invested in her business have given 1 of her 6 children the opportunity to study in the university at present, and she plans to continue working assiduously as she has been doing for years, to give this same opportunity to the 3 youngest children, since, unfortunately, the 2 oldest never had the chance to study. She always looks for ways to diversify her products in accord with her customers' demands.

Rosa Maria is requesting the loan to purchase sewing materials, cloth, and hats. Her companions comment that she has gotten ahead thanks to her business and her dedication. Her principal objective in life is to provide a heritage to her children, which is an education that will offer them a better life. This is the admirable thing about the women who make up these different groups, that despite the difficulties they face, always, their primary goal is the education of their children.

The other members of the group are:
Carmela L. R. (sale of plastics)
Antonia S. L. (sale of hats)
Josefina B. S.
Lourdes D. E. (sale of meals)
Olivia S. D.
Lisbeth D. D. (sale of seasonal articles)
Beatriz L. S. (tin-ware)
Maria Ines D. M. (miscellany)

In this group: Lisbeth, Rosa Maria, Josefina, Beatriz, Amalia, Carmela, Lourdes, Maria Ines, Olivia*, Antonia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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