A loan of $1,800 helped a member to purchase merchandise for her grocery, such as sugar, beans, oil, and soap, among other items.

Girasol Group's story

Señora Magdai Sánchez M. is fifty-four years old and lives in Ángel Alvino Corzo in the municipality of Copainala, which is in the state of Chiapas, México. She had five children, each of whom now lives in their own home. She has custody of two of her grandchildren, Roxana Yassiri, who is eight years old, and Axel T., who is six years old.

She is dedicated to her home and to her grocer's shop (Kendra), which she has had for three years, showing that the business has been successful since it opened. In her small grocery she sells beans, sugar and oil, among other products. Her grocery is what has helped her to cover her household expenses.

Since she didn't have anyone else to support her, Magdai's children motivated her to open the business by giving her the start-up money. They wanted her to be able to support herself and to get ahead. With this work, she has been able to do just that.

With the profits that she earns from her grocer's shop, she purchases additional merchandise to re-stock the store. Her store always has a professional presentation, and her customers feel well cared for by her. Her store is very popular and preferred because she has a good spot in the community.

She says that her dream is for her business to continue to grow day by day so that she can save some money to start construction on a room for her granddaughter. She also wants to support her grandchildren in their education and, for as long as god grants her life, to keep giving them all her support.

Magdai became a member of the group through an invitation from her daughter, Señora Rosa Lidia, who is the group representative. The group is named "Girasol" (Sunflower) because on the patio of their house there are lots of sunflower plants.

The people who make up the Girsol group are the following:
Magdai Sánchez M.: she makes her living with a grocery business and requested the loan to purchase additional merchandise.
Yolanda E. Juárez: she makes her living selling tamales (a local dish) and requested the loan to purchase ingredients such as meat, dough, chili peppers and raisins, among other items.
Rosa Lidia Hernández Sánchez: she purchases chickens from ranches to re-sell in the same area.
Ilse E. Juárez: she makes her living selling tamales (a local dish) and requested the loan to purchase ingredients such as guineo leaves (from a local plant), meat, dough, ancho chilies and raisins, among other items.
Yareny T. S.: she will use the loan to purchase Avon and Jafra beauty catalogs.

In this group: Magdai, Yolanda , Rosa Lidia, Ilse, Yareni

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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