A loan of $3,525 helped a member buy groceries, shoes, quilts, oranges straws, fruit and vegetables, cosmetics, ribbon, and artificial flowers.

Arenal Group's story

Arenal is a group comprised of 11 people (in the photo Rosa N., the lady that has a sky blue blouse on, and Tomas are solely savers, that is to say that they are not asking for a loan). The members fight for a better future in spite of the daily adversities that they encounter. They are located in the La Paz community in the state of Mexico. They are very happy because up until now the requested loans have been very helpful. They hope to continue working with the Fundación Realidad.

Juanita González is from the state of VeraC.. She is 48 years old, and her family consists of her husband, who works as a musician, and their ten year old son (he is in elementary school).

Even though they have passed through some difficult stages, they are always fighting to get ahead and have a better quality of life. Adrián, their son, has a disability (harelip). That is why they have always seen the necessity of looking for means of income for his studies and the treatment he requires. That will provide him with a better future.

She started selling tortillas. Some time later the sales went down, and it was not profitable to continue selling them. That is how she decided to start an activity that would benefit her family as much as her community. She started selling groceries (beans, rice, and sugar, etc.). She opens her little store all week at seven in the morning, and she is trying to always keep it stocked.

Juana’s plans are to be able to expand her little store a bit more. The requested loan is to buy basic merchandise. She is grateful for the help that Kiva offers through the Fundación Realidad. This way she is able to help her community and her family.

The rest of the group members will be able to make a lot of their plans a reality and therefore benefit their communities.

María Guadalupe Z. O. (Sells bedspreads and quilts)
María Luisa N. González (Billiards)
María del Carmen A. D. (Sells shoes by catalog)
María Vianey González C. (Public Transportation - Minivan)
Yemina R. González (Sells juice)
Amalia H. C. (Sells fruit and vegetables)
María del Socorro A. D. (Sells domestic items)
Verónica S. C. ( Sells snacks - Tamales)
Alicia B. M. (Handicrafts)

In this group: Maria Guadalupe, Juana, Maria Luisa, Maria Del Carmen, Maria Vianey, Yemina, Amalia, María Del Socorro, Verónica, Alicia, Daria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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