A loan of $4,000 helped a member purchase various candies & fried foods.

La Capilla Group's story

This group is called “La Capilla” (The Chapel), which is also the name of the community where the members live. The group consists of 13 individuals who are looking for a better quality of life. Their business activities are as follows:

• Raquel, Jose Luis, and Roberta sell clothing as traveling merchants.
• Porfiria, Araceli, and Silvia sell shoes and perfumes through catalogs.
• Antonia and Teresa sell vegetables.
• Guadalupe runs a mechanic’s workshop.
• Miguel and Angela sell household products.
• Reyna has a small sewing workshop in her home.
• Petra sells candy outside of her home.

Sra. Petra is a member of “La Capilla” Group. She is a widow and all of her children are married. Doña Petra has been selling candy outside of her home for eight years and hopes to expand her vending stand a little bit at a time. Her business has done very well since it is near a high school and a kindergarten. She sells more when the school day ends.

With this loan she wants to buy French fries, fritters, milk candy called “Duvalin”, lollipops covered in chili powder, tamarind candy called “Pelón Pelo Rico”, and other products. She tries to provide a little bit of everything sweet, so she keeps her business well-stocked in order to cover her expenses and get ahead. Petra says she does not like having to depend on her children since they are already married and have their own obligations.

All of these candies are well-known throughout Mexico, especially among the parents and grandparents of the children. Doña Petra says, “There is not a single person who comes here without remembering one’s childhood. There have been times when the parents buy more candy from me than the children.” She says she feels comfortable working with her group, which has never failed in making their payments. They hope to continue working in the same manner so that they can maintain the support they receive from Fundación Realidad as well as Kiva.

In this group: Raquel, Antonia, Jose Luis, Roberta , Porfiria, Araceli , Angela *, Reyna, Miguel, Teresa , Guadalupe , Petra, Silvia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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