A loan of $4,975 helped a member to buy notebooks, pens, glue, pencils, erasers, bond paper, cardboard, tissue paper and a computer.

Dalias De Rancho Viejo Group's story

The "Dalias de Rancho Viejo" group is located in Rancho Viejo, in San Andrés Huaxpaltepec Oaxaca. It is about 17 minutes from Pinotepa Nacional. The name comes from the dahlia flower for its unique beauty and because each of the members feels represented by and identifies with this floral species. The group is made up of 13 women and their representative is María Isabel R. M..

We will focus this narrative on the life of Antelma R. C. who is 45 years old and married to Rosaelio who is 44. He is an elementary school teacher. They have 3 children, Cinthia who is 9 and in 4th grade, Darinel who is 8 and in 3rd grade and Rosaelio who is 6 and just started first grade. Antelma has a stationers business in her home and has been working at this for over four years. She set up the business because there was a need for school materials for all the children who study in the community. Before she began her business everyone had to go to the city of Pinotepa to buy everything and this made it all more expensive.

Antelma joined the group to apply for a loan to buy school materials and stationery suppliers such as notebooks, binders, glue, colored pencils, lead encils, pens, scissors, folders, cardboard, Bond paper, geometric games, rulers, compasses, abacus, crayons, clips, staples, tissue paper, crepe paper.

Antelma's earnings are used to buy more materials and goods for her store and also to pay back her loan. This admirable woman also wants to set up a cyber cafe because her community needs one and the students do not have this very necessary tool available for their education.

Antelma hopes to have good health so she can continue contributing to the needs of her town. She wants to develop and expand her business and improve it in all regards. She wants to carry out all her projects and maintain a stable, harmonious lifestyle for her family.

What she hopes for most is that her group colleagues are able to pack back the loan, and that things go well for all of them so that their children have what they need.

Antelma appreciates the confidence shown by Fundación Realidad and by Kiva in granting this type of economic support. The "Dalias de Rancho Viejo" group is made up of 13 women, whose names and occupations follow:

Yuvanitzi Semei F. C..- Shoe sales
Silsa Vianey V. T..- Groceries
Emiliana García C..- Fruit and vegetable sales
Anita Marroquín M..- Fruit and vegetable sales
Martha R. M..- Catalogue sales
Antelma R. C..- Stationers
María Isabel R. M..- Taxi service
Alberta C. E..- Chile and seed sales
Cleofas C. García.- Groceries
Ernestina García Alavés.- Clothing sales
Reynalda M. Vásquez.- Seed grinding service
Adriana Elena López Díaz.- Fruit juice sales
Alicia García M..- Snack sales

In this group: Yuvanitzi Semei, Silsa Vianey, Emiliana, Anita , Martha , Antelma, Maria Isabel, Alberta , Cleofas, Ernestina , Reynalda, Adriana Elena, Alicia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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