A loan of $4,250 helped a member to buy bedspreads and sheets by catalogue.

La Manzana Group's story

The following group is located in Santiago Oxtempan in Oro, Mexico. The group is called "La Manzana" (The Apple) and is maD. up of 12 people, 11 women and one man. The town is small and and very few people live there. It is a very woody area with a lot of trees. The climate is cold despite the bright sunshine and most people live high on the hill. People here are kind and hard-working and live very simple lives. Most of them are involved in retail sales and others are farmers. This group has both types of income. The members of the group are the following:

1.-Ubaldo C. Gonzales
2,.Rosa C. Ramírez
3.-Susana D. J. M.
4.-Elizabeth M. R.
5.-Alicia C. G.
6.-Graciela R. M.
7.-Adriana R. T.
8.-Anastacia L. C.
9.-Julia M. G.
10.-Eulalia M. A.
11.-Sara R. S.
12.-Rebeca M. R..

The name of the group is for all the apple trees in the area. It is known as the apple neighborhood. The leader of the group and of the town is Doña Rosa. She has known everyone for ten years. She has been married for 17 years. Her husband is in the glass and mirror business in downtown Oro. She has 4 children. The oldest son is in college preparatory, two more are in high school and the only girl is in elementary. Doña Rosa has a hard time making ends meet and maintaining the level of education for her children. But she does this so they will be successful and have a better lifestyle. Rosa sells bedspreads by catalogue. With her earnings she pays for transportation costs for her four children. Her husband takes care of household expenses and other things. Rosa's problem is that sometimes she has to wait for payment on orders she has already delivered and sometimes she doesn't get paid at all. Her dream is to earn enough for her children to continue their studies. For now that's all she wants since she can't aspire to more by only selling bedspreads.

In this group: Ubaldo, Rosa, Susana, Lizabeth, Alicia, Graciela, Adriana, Anastacia, Julia, Eulalia, Sara, Rebeca

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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