A loan of $3,350 helped a member to buy material to make shoe boxes.

Risueñas De Atenco Group's story

The group is called “Risueñas de Atenco” (Cheerful people from Atenco). It is comprised of 12 members. Maria de los Remedios is one of the members. She is 30 years old, and she has a middle school education.

She is a merchant, and she makes shoe boxes. She has two children. She tells us that she started her business in a very small place measuring 1 x 1.5 meters. They did everything by hand. They made between 150 and 200 boxes a week. Two years ago they were sold some apparatus to facilitate the process of making the box. Now they make between 1,000 and 1,300 boxes a week.

This income gives them a living, and they are able to give their children what they need in order to become professionals in the future.

In this group: Ma De Los Remedios, Gabriela, Lizbeth Faviola, Ayeradid, Dulce Maria, Carolina, Martha, Concepcion, Bertha, Claudia Elena, Maria Del Carmen, Arcadia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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