A loan of $1,800 helped a member to purchase baking mixture, frozen meat, red meat, disposable glasses, plates and spoons to stock up her business.

Marbella Group's story

This solidarity group, called "Marbella", is located in the community of Jaloxtoc, Ayala, in the State of Morelos in Mexico. It is comprised of five members who know each other and are neighbors. They are:

  • Angela T. A., who will use her loan to buy notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, etc. for her paper store as well as medicine and vitamins for her drugstore,

  • Juana Alicia González Hernández, who will buy baking mixture, frozen meat, red meat, disposable glasses, plates and spoons for her food business,

  • Sara D. T., who will buy sugar, eggs, oil, toilet paper and soft drinks to stock up her store,

  • Valentina Silvia A. B., who will buy Tupperware and shoes to stock up her business,

  • Estela Gutiérrez C., who will buy ladies' shoes to stock up her store, because shoes are in high demand.

Ms Juana Alicia González is 36 years old, studied until fifth grade and is married to an agricultural laborer. They have three daughters: Paulina is 15 and attends a three-year pre-university course, Brenda is 13 and attends high school, and Anais is 11 and goes to elementary school. Ms Juana Alicia has a food business; she sells pies, pozole (stew made with pork or chicken and corn), soft drinks, tostadas (fried corn pancakes) and dobladas. She applies for a loan to buy baking mixture, frozen meat, red meat, disposable glasses, plates and spoons to stock up her business. She started her business a year ago for economic reasons. She rented her premises within walking distance from her home, one and a half blocks away. Her business is important to her because she feels useful, has an income and learns to be independent. She loves to cook and gets a lot of satisfaction from preparing dishes for visiting people who can enjoy a tasty meal. She is proud that her business gives her all the necessary resources to provide for her daughters. Her daughters help her to prepare the dishes; the eldest girl attends school in the afternoon and the younger one in the morning. Her customers are all kinds of people, boys and girls, men and women, all in all she serves 30 to 40 customers a day. The earnings are used to invest in necessary ingredients, repay her loan and save some money. Her business helped her when she faced economic challenges, because she was able to pay for the girls' school and other expenses when her husband had no work. Her dream for the future is to expand her business and offer a greater variety of dishes. Ms Juana Alicia is very happy with the granted loan because it helps her to pay for what she needs. The improvement she wants to achieve is that her daughters become professionals and that she can invest in more food and earn an income from her work.

The residents of Jaloxtoc are nice and very quiet, there are no crimes and people love to help each other. The group members want to say to Kiva and Fundación Realidad: "Thank you, and please keep on helping us with more loans. We are grateful for your trust."

In this group: Angela, Juana Alicia, Sara , Valentina Silvia , Estela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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