A loan of $750 helped a member to buy clothes and cooking utensils which she will then sell outside her community.

Guadalupana Group's story

Romelia Alegría E. lives in Juan Sabines district, in Copainala, in the State of Chiapas, Mexico. Romelia was married but unfortunately she is now a widow. She has seven children in her care who she has managed to get ahead in life.

Romelia would like to invest her loan in buying clothes and cooking utensils which are products that sell very well. From the sale of these products she makes income for her household. This is the way it has been for the 25 years she has been in this business and this is how she has managed to get her children ahead.

Romelia started this business activity more from necessity than inspiration since she was left a widow when 6 of her 7 children were still dependent. She decided to start a business activity from which she could make income without neglecting her children.

Romelia uses the profits which she makes to buy more merchandise. She continues to work so that she will have money saved for her old age or, as she puts it, “to have money for the days that God keeps giving me life”.

She tells us that she has no more dreams, only for God to keep giving her life and for her to be able to continue working with the program.

This group is called “Guadalupana” and has three female members. Each one has a business activity in which she will invest her loan. The group is called 'Guadalupana' because that is the name of the neighborhood where they all live. The members of the group are:
Romelia Alegría E., who will invest her loan in buying clothes and cooking utensils
Yuliana Concepción González S., who will invest her loan in buying ingredients to make 'antojitos' (traditional Mexican snacks generally sold at street stands)
Carmela R. Ramírez, who will invest her loan in buying ingredients for making 'tamales de bola' (round tamales), 'mole' (a spicy Mexican dish with red chili sauce) and 'chipilín' (tamales made from corn dough mixed with 'chipilín', a native Mexican legume)

In this group: Romelia, Yuliana Consepción, Carmela

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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