A loan of $3,275 helped a member to buy more handicrafts and recyclable materials.

La Concepcion De Santiago Group's story

This is a photo of the 'Concepción de Santiago' group which is located in Santiago Miahuatlan community, in the State of Puebla, Mexico. The group has 9 members. This photo shows the business activity of Mrs Maria Del Rosario H. A. which is buying and selling the following products: small bags made from recyclable material, napkin rings, napkins, baskets and childhood memory items such as little boxes and picture frames which are made of wood.

Maria has been in this business for one year. She makes her sales as a peddler in markets, parks or public places. She says that she is already well known by many people who buy her products and they are satisfied because they say that the things she sells are very pretty, she sells them at a good price and they like the variety of products which she offers.

Maria is a new member of the group and she says that this is the first time that she has acquired a loan of this type. Today she is happy and grateful for the trust that has been placed in her. She says that she will use this loan to buy more merchandise and she will invest her profits in another business which she has in mind, selling quilts and bedspreads for this season. Maria fully intends to grow her business and make good profits and also to finish building her house which, for one reason or another, she hasn't yet managed. She is sure that with the help of the loans she will achieve this goal in the future. Maria is 52 years old and studied up to the sixth year of elementary school. She is married but no longer lives with her husband. She has 7 children: 2 grown-up sons and 5 grown-up daughters.

In this group: Prudencia, Sonia, Marisela, Ana Beatriz, Gloria, Maria Veronica, Francisca, Antonia Angelina, Maria Del Rosario

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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