A loan of $1,650 helped a member to buy ingredients to prepare food, such as meat, vegetables and shellfish.

Buena Vista Group's story

Ms. María del Refugio R. Márquez, 39, is a single mother with two children: Palmira Anahí (13 years old) and Roberto (5 years old). She lives in the riverside community of Emiliano Zapata, in the municipality of Tecpatan, Chiapas, México.

She has sold food for the last ten years. She started her business in a small house. With her savings and the help of her father, she was able to construct a small palapa hut where she now tends to her clients. She comments that it's going very well. Although there are some days when she does not sell much, it's enough to eat and to buy more merchandise.

She is requesting a loan in order to expand her business, so she can save money and help her children to get ahead. She wants her children to be able to be somebody in life, to have a good education and a better future. She also wants to help her father with some expenses.

Ms. Refugio is a member of the "Buena Vista" ("Good View") Group. The reason for their name is because their palapa hut has a good view along the edge of the highway. She became a member of this group through one of her friends, who is a representative of the group.

The members of the Buena Vista Group are as follows:
• Marlevert Hernández Juárez: sells clothing in nearby communities.
• Sofía García Gutiérrez: buys and sells pewter cooking utensils.
• María del Refugio R. Márquez: she is the member who was interviewed and she is pictured with short hair and her son. She sells food.
• Sergio Domínguez García: he is requesting this loan to buy and sell seasonal vegetables.
• Marbet Domínguez Aaraos: she is the group representative. She buys and sells clothes in local communities.

In this group: Marbet, Maria Del Refugio, Sofia, Sergio, Marlever

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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