A loan of $625 helped a member to purchase merchandise for her grocery store, such as: oil, sugar, flour, beans, and more.

El Cocal Group's story

Lorena Juárez lives in la Ribera el Aguacate, in the town of Copainala, state of Chiapas, México. She lives in common law marriage with Mr. Roberto Juárez Pérez. She has two daugters. The oldest is Gisela Guadalupe, seven, and the younger is Keily Paola, five. They are in primary and pre-school.

She has worked in her mini grocery store for four years. She remarks that it has gone well for her. She has been able to support herself and her family and keep her srore stocked. She also has the support of her husband, who works in the fields and in other odd jobs to support the household.

What motivated her to do this activity was that in her community there were no longer any stores where people could buy their necessities and they had to go down to the town to buy them. That is why she was motivated and today, thank God, it has gone well for her with the little she has been able to get from her mini grocery store.

With the earnings that she obtains from her small business, she saves to buy more merchandise that she needs and that the customers require. She also feels satisfied with the service she gives them everyday.

Her dream is to expand her business, buying more and better quality merchandise, as well as to save and build a locale where her business can be more diversified and people can be more interested in buying her products.

She joined the group via an invitation from Efrocinia, who is the group's representative. The group is called El Cocal. It is called that because when the application was filled out, it was done under the shade of a coconut tree.

The people who make up the group are:

Efrocinia A. Pérez: She will invest the loan in purchasing chicken to sell them already seasoned.

América Pérez E.: She will invest the loan in buying and selling slothing, such as: pants, t-shirts, baby outfits, and more.

Lorena Juárez A.: she will invest it in purchasing merchandise for her grocery store, such as: oil, flour, beans, and sugar, among other things.

In this group: Efrocinia, America, Lorena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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