A loan of $3,675 helped a member to buy piñatas, balls, dolls, doll buggies, baby bottles, pacifiers, caps, photo frames, diaper bags, lipstick, nail polish, hairpieces, rattles, action figures and materials for handicrafts and souvenirs.

Frente Al Sol Group's story

The "Frente al Sol" group is from the town of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca. The name comes from the actual place where the members of the group meet, which happens to be the business site belonging to Mrs. Claudia C. C., who acts as the representative for her colleagues. The meetings take place outside where the rising sun can be seen every morning.

In this narrative we will talk about Martha Iris Nicolás Ramírez who is 31 years old and the mother of four children. Her husband is 29 years old and is a bricklayer. Her small children are Denis, who is 13 years old and in the 6th grade, Axel who is 11 and in 5th grade, Irais who is 8 and Jesús who is 3 years old. Martha has been making and selling crafts for over a year. Before she worked in a store and didn't have enough time to look after her children the way she wanted to but with her current job she can. Martha sells all kinds of articles for children's parties and events. She sells piñatas, toys, baby clothes and souvenirs.

Martha became a member of the group so she could request a loan to buy more items and materials for her business, such as piñatas, baby bottles, pacifiers, rattles, baby caps, dolls, doll buggies, photo frames, tea sets for little girls, action figures, diaper bags, balls and materials for handicrafts and souvenirs. Martha's business is doing well and sales increased in December thanks to the traditional nativity scenes and celebrations carried out in the town. Also there was more activity around the Epiphany dates as parents were buying toys for children. Martha usually stocks her business depending on the season and on customer demand.

Martha uses her earnings to buy more goods and to pay back her loan. Her business has improved greatly.

One of Martha's big dreams is to expand her business, make improvements in merchandise, and hire someone to help her out with customer service. She also wants to buy her own home since she now lives with her in-laws.

Martha hopes to see her children grow into good citizens who help others in need. She wants to see them happy and nurtured in love and affection, growing up in a healthy, harmonious atmosphere.

Thanks to Kiva these dreams can come true; and thanks to institutions like the Foundation, those who have less can receive a gesture of support and service. The women from the Oaxaca coast feel supported by this great team.

The "Frente al sol" group is comprised of 10 ladies who work very hard to carve out a future for their children. They are responsible, hard-working women who are very committed to their families and society. These are the names of each member of the group and their individual activity.

Claudia C. C..- Sells fast food and snacks
Patricia Ramírez Hernández.- Sells shoes by catalogue
Trinidad Ramírez.- Sells clothing
Laura Licex Baños C..- Sells sweets
Miriam Ramírez García.- Makes and sells snacks
Lucia N. A..- Sell fish
Ana Rocío Ramírez Hernández.- Sells perfume
Martha Iris Nicolás Ramírez.- Sells costume jewelry and party supplies
Alberta Eugenia S. M..- Makes and sells snacks
Nereyda Patricia Pérez B..- Sells clothing

In this group: Claudia, Patricia, Trinidad, Laura Licex, Miriam, Lucia, Ana Rocio, Martha Iris, Alberta Eugenia, Nereyda Patricia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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