A loan of $1,775 helped a member buy patent medicines.

Marbella Group's story

This community bank group is called Marbella. It is located in the community of Jaloxtoc, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. The group consists of five members who know each other and are neighbors. This is their first loan with Fundación Realidad. The representative of the group is Señora Ángela T. A., who is 61. She completed the third year of secondary school and has three adult children, two sons and a daughter: Jose Luis is 44, Miguel Ángel is 42, and Gloria Ines is 21 and is a student. Señora Ángela has a pharmacy and stationery business, and she is going to use the loan to buy patent medicines. She began the business 12 years ago, after taking a course in medicine, since the government required a person to take an examination to give them a license or permission to open a pharmacy. She is very proud of her business because she likes medicine and has been able to help people in emergencies, for example, she tells us, "in case of a scorpion bite, or when a person doesn't have enough money at the moment to buy medicine, I give them the medicine and then they pay me; on one occasion a woman came alone for medicine, but she felt and looked very bad, I was able to help by taking her to her home and her family." Ángela's business is in her home in Jaloxtoc. She tends kindly and personally to between 20 and 30 customers, both men and women, who come in for products that are very necessary for the health of the community. She hopes and dreams that we will always live quietly in peace.

The town of Jaloxtoc is a very peaceful place. There is a pond, which is El Jaguey. You can also see the hills, which in the rainy season are green and pretty.

The members of the group are: Adriana M. R.. She is going to use her loan to buy sheets, bedspreads, and shoes and to order a supply of Tupperware. Señora Juana Alicia González Hernández has a snack stall and is going to buy dough, meat, vegetables, and soft drinks to prepare her toasted and folded quesadillas. Señora Sara D. Tenoria works in catalog sales and is going to buy shoes and stock her store with sugar, eggs, and soap. Señora Valentina Silvia A. works in catalog sales and is going to buy Tupperware to begin a business. Señora Ángela T. A. has her pharmacy and stationery business and is going to buy patent medicine to stock her pharmacy, along with a little stationery. They want to direct these words to Kiva and Fundación Realidad: We are very thankful in advance for giving us the confidence, granting us this loan, and we wish that you continue helping people who need it."

In this group: Angela, Adriana, Juana Alicia, Sara, Valentina Silvia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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