A loan of $3,775 helped a member buy corn to make tortillas, buy fabric, and supplies to make bread.

Risueñas De Calimaya Group's story

This group is named “Risueñas de Calimaya” (Cheerful Ones from Calilmaya). It is comprised of 11 members.

Teresa S.C., “Tere” to her neighbors, tells us the she will use the loan to buy corn to make tortillas. She also says that her mother taught her to make tortillas by hand when she was very young. When she was 11 years old she had to make them for her family. When her father got sick he could not pay for her to continue in school. Tere struggles day to day in her business. She does this to support her two children who are in high school. She wants to give them the opportunity that she did not have. That way they will be able to study for a career and triumph in life.

María de la Luz R.G. has a seamstress shop. She tells us that for 13 years she worked for other people. Her greatest wish was to have own shop. The first machine she got was with help from the government. The second machine she won in a raffle in the community church. The third is a five thread overlock that she bought. The loan is to buy fabric and to be able to make bread. She comments that she has put a million efforts and dedication into her business. It has been her source of income. She contributes to the household expenses because her husband does not earn enough.

The other members of the group are:

Rosa María V.R.
Beatriz Adriana R.S.
Aida R.R.
Teresa S.C.
Adriana E.G.
Laura R.C.
Maricela R.C.
Nayely J.A.
María de la Luz R.
Noelia H.R.

In this group: Aida*, Teresa, Adriana, Beatriz Adriana, Laura, Maricela, Rosa Maria, Nayely, Maria Del Carmen, Maria De La Luz, Noelia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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