A loan of $3,700 helped a member to pay for merchandise.

Las Flores De Fortin Group's story

This photo was taken at Inocencia M.’s house. She is a member of the Las Flores de Fortín (The Flowers of Fortín) group, which is located in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. You can see her in the entrance to her house, which is where her stationery store is located.

She has been selling stationery products and gifts for three years. She is requesting the loan to pay for merchandise she ordered. School will soon be starting, and she has to be well stocked. Her customers see her as a responsible and hard-working person. Her stationery store is located close to two schools, and they keep her business profitable. She is enthusiastic about requesting the loan because the season for good sales is approaching.

She is 58 years old, and she has a sixth grade education. She is in a common-law marriage; and she has four children, three girls and a boy.

She wants this loan to pay for merchandise that she has already requested. She will buy things like notebooks, folders, clay, and gifts. She also hopes that the business will be able to help her improve her life. That way she can help her daughter raise her grandchildren.

Salome A. is the president of the Las Flores de Fortín group. She went to school until her third year of high school. She has one daughter. She has been selling lingerie for two years. She is requesting a loan to start selling pastries.

The group is comprised of 12 members. The other members are:

Petra M.(sells snacks),
Gladis M.(sells food),
María Basilisa M. (sells “gorditas”, which are small, thick, corn flour tortillas),
Marcela Natalia A. (sells bleach),
Camerina L. (sells bread),
Matilde L. (sells cosmetics),
Concepción M. (embroidery and weavings),
Gloria E. (stationery store), and
Yuly Vianey E. (rents four wheel drive ATV)

In this group: Yazmin, Salome, Maria Basilisa, Matilde, Maria Concepcion, Marcela Natalia, Inocencia, Gladys, Petra, Camerina, Gloria, Yuly Vianey

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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