A loan of $1,000 helped a member buy propane, maseca (corn flour) and tools for the tortilla shop.

El Roble Group's story

Mrs. Segunda R. Hernandez lives in the town of Ocotepec, state of Chiapas, Mexico. She is married to Mr. Facundo C. Chavarria and she is responsible for her 12-year daughter whose name is Brenda Guadalupe and she is in sixth grade.

She is requesting a loan with two additional friends to invest it a shop to sell tortillas; adequate money is needed to maintain the shop in good condition and she cannot support the expense alone; for that reason, she became partners with Mrs. Marcelina and Mrs. Maria Luz to contribute and maintain the business together.

What motivated her to setup the tortilla shop were her children; there are no tortilla shops in their area and people need to make tortillas by hand, which is a lot of work; even though it is the first time she finds the courage to setup the shop, she hopes for the best with the help of God and the loan.

She wishes for her tortilla business to grow day after day, and have the means to support herself while God grants her life, and also support her daughter who is studying. It is very important for Mrs. Segunda that her daughter finishes her education.

Mrs. Segunda formed the group with two neighbors who live in the same neighborhood; the group is called El Roble (The Oak); the reason for the name is because there is small oak tree where they live.

The following three people form the group: Marcelina Altuna S. will in invest the loan in buying maseca (corn flour), propane and providing maintenance to the tortilla maker; Segunda R. Hernandez will invest the loan in buying tools for the tortilla maker; Maria Luz C. Munoz will buy propane and tools to make tortillas.

In this group: Marcelina, Segunda, Maria Luz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carlos Morales

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