A loan of $3,150 helped a member to buy garlic at wholesale.

Tlacpacame Group's story

This group, consisting of 10 members, is called Tlacpacame which means “Those on Top” in Náhuatl, their native tongue. It is located in the Mexican state of Puebla.

Josefina G.M., 49, is group president. She has never gone to school, is married, is a merchant and has 9 children, 5 girls and 4 boys, of which three are still minors economically dependent on her.

She is a garlic merchant. She started her business over 15 years ago since the community she belongs to is known nationally as a great garlic producer. In fact, you can perceive the aroma of garlic merely by walking along its streets.

She is asking for funds to buy garlic at wholesale at a good price that will allow her to make better profits.

Her customers are of the opinion that the product she offers is of high quality and very clean.

At the time of requesting the loan she feels happy. She hopes in the future to buy larger amounts. She also hopes to proviD. her children with the opportunity to study so that they can have a better quality of life since she did not have the opportunity to go to school.

The other group members are:

1. María D. Jesús A.V Typical clothing sales
2. Juana T.F Garlic sales
3. María Frida P.P Pharmacy and sale of curative items
4. Gregoria Magdalena S.G Vegetable sales
5. Hortencia Feliciana M.R Garlic sales at open-air markets
6. Alma Rosa M. F. Dairy products sales
7. Graciela Roberta T.S Typical clothing sales
8. Elia Teresa G.M Typical clothing sales
9. Martha Hilda P. B Spice sales at open-air markets

In this group: Graciela Roberta, Josefina, Juana, Maria Frida, Gregoria Magdalena, Alma Rosa, Elia Teresa, Maria De Jesus, Hortencia Feliciana, Martha Hilda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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