A loan of $2,975 helped a member to buy ingredients and invest in her breadmaking business.

Kristall Group's story

This group is called "Krystal" because it is so cold in their community that every morning, they wake up to find the trees crystallized with ice. They are located in the Mexican state of Puebla. The group is made up of 9 members.

Matilde Melina H. R. is 33 years old, studied until high school, and is a bread maker. In total, she has 2 children: one girl and one boy. Matilde has been making bread for 6 years. She is requesting a loan to buy ingredients so that she can accommodate all of her customers' orders. Her neighbors and customers say that they are very pleased to buy bread from her and that it is very tasty. They love her rolls, which is what she sells the most of. Customers prefer her business due to its cleanliness and for the good flavor of her breads. Matilde's business is at the entrance to the community and for this reason, she says her sales are improving consistently.

At the moment, as she requests this loan, Matilde feels happy. She wants this loan to buy necessary items like sugar, flour, egg, flavorings, and other ingredients, in order to fill the orders she has so far for the upcoming holidays of Las Posadas [a nine-day celebration leading up to Christmas], Christmas Eve, and Christmas. She has also promised orders already for the Epiphany celebration in January.

Matilde hopes to give her children a life and education of dignity, as she does not have the support of their father, who abandoned them 10 years ago. She hopes to continue moving forward like she has so far, and to continue to be proud and a good example for her children.

In this group: Claudia, Leticia, Matilde Melina, Ingryd Zarai, Jocabeth, Ana Laura, Guadalupe, Maria Cristina, Maria Del Socorro

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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