A loan of $875 helped a member buy soft drinks, oil, sugar, and "chicharrones" (fried pork rinds).

Las Aretillas Group's story

This communal bank is called Las Aretillas. It is located in the Hueyapan community, Tetela del Volcan, in the state of Morelos. The group is comprised of four members who are neighbors and know each other. This is their first loan with the Fundación Realidad.

Celia M. F. is the group’s representative. She is 43 years old, and she has a sixth grade education. She has three children, one boy and two girls. Eudocio is 28 years old and works in the United States. Miriam is 20 years old. Herminia is 16 years old, and she just finished high school.

Celia sells soft drinks and “chicharrones” (fried pork rinds) in her house in Rancho Los Tejocotes. Her house is one of the last houses on the hill. She requested her loan to buy cases of soft drinks; the brands Jarrito and Red Cola in the two liter size; oil, sugar, and chicarrones. She says that she started her business two years ago. Her son that is in the United States sent her money, and she decided to buy soft drinks and chicarrones in order to start selling.

Her customers are her neighbors. When they go to work in the fields they pass by and purchase soft drinks or chicharrones. Her daughters help her with the business because they realize it is important. That is where they get income for food and the household expenses.

She is very happy with the loan she was given. She expects to see her business bigger and better stocked.

In her community of Hueyapan there is a lot of vegetation and pine trees. There are also fruit trees like pear, apple, peach, cherry, and “tejocote” (Mexican hawthorn). The climate is mild, and there are also animals.

The other members of the group are:

*Herlinda P. A.: Will buy cherry, peach, and apple plants to plant
*Yolanda A. C.: Will buy fertilizer and insecticide by the kilo and in bulk to provide maintenance to her fruit trees
*Judith M. P.: Will buy young sheep and pigs to raise and sell

The members of the group want to tell Kiva and the Fundación Realidad, “We appreciate your faith in us and the support you are providing us with the loan. Thank you.”

In this group: Herlinda, Celia, Yolanda, Judith

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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