A loan of $3,000 helped a member to invest in buying more groceries such as: milk, oil, soft drinks, eggs, pasta, rice, sugar, salt, water, toilet paper and soap.

Sharito Group's story

This group is called 'Sharito' and is located in the community of Xalpatlahuac, in the town of Tecoanapa Guerrero. The members of the group decided to give it this name because it is the name of one of the children of the lady who formed the group. This lady is also the group's president.

This story is about Celina C. X. since she is the group's president. She is 36 years old and a single mother. She has four children: 10 year-old Luis Ángel, 8 year-old Eleazar, 5 year-old Sharito and 2 year-old Alberto. Three of her children are in school. Two are in elementary school and her daughter is in the second year of pre-school. Her youngest is still too young for school.

Celina owns a grocery store which she has had for more than 7 years. She says that she decided to set up her business because she wanted a way of getting her children ahead in life and providing them with a better quality of life and a good education. Her business also allows her to look out for her children and not neglect them. She will use her loan money to invest in buying more groceries for her store such as: milk, oil, soft drinks, eggs, pasta, rice, sugar, salt, water, toilet paper and soap since these are the products that sell the most. She uses the profits from her business to get her children ahead in life and improve their quality of life. She can also now support them 100% with their studies so that they can have a better future.

She comments that her business is also benefiting the people in her community since she is the only person to have a grocery store and everybody shops there as it means that they don't have to go to another town to do their shopping which saves them time and money. Celina's goal is to provide her children with an education so that they can study at university and get into good professions so that they can have a better future. She also wants to grow her business a lot more. She is thinking of expanding her premises a bit more so that she can have more stock and a greater variety of products to improve and increase her profits.

Celina says that all her fellow group members are responsible people who fulfil their obligations and they all really like to work to improve themselves and overcome any difficulties. Celina thanks FRAC and Kiva on behalf of herself and her family because thanks to them she has been able to change her life and her children's lives since they will now have a better education and quality of life. The members of 'Sharito' and the business activities that they carry out are as follows:

Embertina B. G. - chicken sales
Velia B. A. - clothes sales
Celina C. X. - grocery store
Natividad H. H. - sweet sales
Vianey R. B. - bread sales
Epifania R. A. - fruit store
Irma Z. C. - embroidery
Cirila C. G. - chocolate milk sales
Leonarda G. Z. - dough sales
Lucina S. G. - 'aguas frescas' sales ('aguas frescas' are drinks made from fruit, cereals or seeds mixed with sugar and water)

In this group: Embertina , Velia , Celina , Natividad , Vianey , Epifania , Irma, Cirila *, Leonarda , Lucina
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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