A loan of $800 helped a member buying ingredients to prepare cooked dishes, such as meat, vegetables, tortillas and seafood.

San Judas Group's story

María F. lives in Tecpatan, in the state of Chiapas, México. She is married to Robinson Gómez Domínguez, and they have five children who are already married. She is very happy with her family, because they are the reason she is the person she is.

Her business, which she has operated for two and a half years, is selling low-cost meals. She sells fried chicken, chicken soup, stewed beef and other dishes. She is requesting the loan to buy ingredients to prepare her dishes, such as meat, seafood, vegetables and tortillas, so that she will have everything she needs for her business.

This business was started by María Flor de Luz several years ago, and later she passed it on to her mother, Maria F., so that she could obtain support for herself with the earnings from the business. The business has helped her, since it has gotten her out of difficulties with the small expenses of her household.

With the earnings she obtains from her business, she will invest in buying ingredients and the most necessary items to prepare the breakfast and dinner plates she prepares each day. In this way, she will not be limited by the lack of any ingredients, and her customers will be satisfied with her service.

What she desires, she says, is for God to keep giving her life to continue working and leave everything in order with her family, which is the most important thing for her. She also wants to improve her business so she will have more customers and a higher income.

She joined the group upon the invitation of a neighbor, who is the group's representative, Silvia Juárez. She joined so that she could come together with other members and request a loan for the things they need most. Today, she is happy with the loan. The group is called "San Judas," and the reason for the name is that for them, he is a saint representing good fortune in business.

The group is made up of five women, as follows:

María F. Jiménez will invest the loan in buying ingredients such as meat, seafood, vegetables and tortillas, to prepare cooked food.

Silvia Juárez Juárez will invest the loan in buying shoe catalogs from the Andrea brand and selling shoes on order.

María Flor de Luz Gómez F. will invest the loan in carrying out maintenance on her video game machines.

Consuelo Eugenia P. F. will invest the loan in buying cosmetics from catalogs of the Jafra brand, such as lipsticks, creams, deodorants, perfumes, etc.

Sonia López Sánchez will invest the loan in buying clothing, which she buys in La Mesilla and later sells in her business.

In this group: Maria, Silvia, Maria Flor De Luz, Consuelo Eugenia, Sonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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