A loan of $1,050 helped a member purchase sugar, beans, oil, eggs, pasta, and other products.

Indepedientes Group's story

Sra. Aurora E. P. is 60 years old and lives the town of Coapilla in Ribera Llano Grande, State of Chiapas, México. She took the opportunity to get married at a young age, but unfortunately she does not have any children. Her husband passed away ten years ago, leaving her alone with nobody to support her.

Aurora stays at home where she manages a grocery store, selling sugar, beans, rice, oil, and other supplies. She started this business and, thanks to God, has done well from doing a little bit of work. Aurora has several customers who buy her products regularly since her store is in a good location and she provides good service.

She started this business out of necessity since she lives alone and is not able to depend on anyone. Her neighbors encouraged to pursue this business so that she could generate a household income and have a means of working so that she can stay ahead.

With the earnings generated by her grocery store, she is able to buy more merchandise that she is lacking and her customers are looking to buy. She is also saving some money so that she can construct a building where she can sell more products. Aurora says her house is very small, so she needs more space in order to provide better service to her customers.

Aurora started this group by inviting two other members into the program. The group is called “Independientes” (Independent) because each of these women work without having to depend on their husbands. The members of this group consist of three women involved in different business activities:

• Iddai S. Guzmán will use her loan to buy pigs for fattening and resale in the local area.
• Margoth C. P. buys chickens and sells them dressed.
• Aurora E. P. manages a store and is the woman who was interviewed. In the photograph, she is wearing a blue dress.

In this group: Iddai, Margoth, Aurora

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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