A loan of $1,400 helped a member to purchase corn husks, lard, meats, cups, spoons, napkins, sugar, etc.

Tlatoani Group's story

This group is named Tlatoani and it is located in Tlayacapan in the state of Morelos. It is made up of 4 members. They all know each other and are neighbors. They are all very happy for the loan they have requested.

Eutimio G. Torrez will purchase wood and wood planks with his loan to use in his work. He is a construction worker. Humberto Eduardo M. R. will purchase corn husks, meat, dried chilies, milk, sugar, cinnamon and rice to make tamales and warm corn flour drinks. Antolina Cornelio X. F. will purchase new catalogues to restock her business with linen and blankets in various sizes. Maria Elena O. M. will purchase a grill, chairs, sacks of corn on the cob, cheeses, powdered chili for the corn, and for corn drink.

Humberto Eduardo M. R. is the representative of the group. He is 40 years old and he has a grade 9 education. He lives together with his wife and their 6-year old daughter named Anel. She attends primary school. Humberto requests a loan to invest in his business, selling corn flour drinks and tamales. He will use it to purchase corn husks, lard, meats, cups, spoons, napkins, sugar, chilies, corn flour, milk, cinnamon and rice. He started his business 20 years ago for the lack of paid work. He used to work one or two days a week so he started selling corn drinks and tamales. His business has been very successful. He started out selling his products from buckets but with time he started to save money and he purchased an adult tricycle which helped him to go all over town. He goes to gas stations and along the streets to sell his corn drinks and tamales. He sells to the entire population of the village and to tourists that stop to purchase ornate clay objects and pottery. He is proud of his business because with it he has been able to purchase a plot of land where he lives and where he is building a house. The house where he lives is made of wood and aluminum sheeting, but he is saving money to make the walls out of bricks and the roof of concrete.

He faces competition from others that work in the same business, selling the same products. He invests his earnings in part to cover the family’s expenses, in part to continue building their house, and he also invests a part of his earnings back into the business.

What he enjoys most of his work is completing a sale. It is very important because it feeds and supports his family. His dreams are to see his house completed and beautiful. He also wishes to see his daughter attend school and achieve a career and a have a good job. He is very happy and content and in good health. He is glad about the loan he is granted he wishes to thank Kiva and Fundacion Realidad for the trust imparted to them by this loan and future loans.

The village of Tlayacapan is quiet and clam and every one knows the members of the group. The region is very friendly and it is known by tourists for its clay pottery. It is a lovely village where everything is green with vegetation and there is a magical history of the surrounding mountains, commonly known as The Little Sombrero, Butterfly, and The Little Window. The church was once a convent. It is also the birthplace of chinelos, colorfully dressed dancers. In the months of February and March up to 5 days before Ash Wednesday there are weekly fairs, on Friday to Tuesday every week.

In this group: Eutimio, Humberto Eduardo, Antolina Cornelia, Maria Elena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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