A loan of $1,575 helped a member to purchase poultry.


Sahuaro Group's story

This group is located in the community of San Francisco de Copainala in the state of Chiapas in Mexico.

Mrs. Maria del Carmen Velasco G. is married with Mr. Adan L. Hernandez. She has a daughter in her care and her name is Laura Patricia. She is 18 years old and she is a preschool teacher.

This loan has been invested in the purchase of chickens to later sell as meat (butchered). She has two years in the business and it has been successful. She has been contributing to the household finances, although she also has her husband’s support. He is an agriculturist.

The reason she took up a business is to earn her own money and to be able to provide for the expenses generated by the home. She also wants to make her loan payments on time.

The earnings that she perceives are invested in the purchase of soft drinks. The loan she requested is also invested in this loan. She mentions that both businesses are doing well.

Her major goal is to have enough money to support herself and her husband in their old age, to have a source of income form where to have whatever they need for whatever time God grants them. She also wants to see her daughter finish studying for a career.

The group's name is Sahuara and they chose the name for a spiny plant by that name. They thought it was a good idea. Four women formed the group and they each have a different business.

The members of the group are as follows:

Zoraida L. Velasco: she will invest her loan in the business of buying and selling shoes through a catalogue, especially the Andrea, Pardo, and Terra brand names.

Maria Estela L. M.: she will invest her loan in the purchase of cosmetics, such as lipsticks, deodorants, skin lotions, and others.

Maria del Carmen Velasco G.: she will invest her loan in the purchase of chickens for later resale in the same community.

Juarda S. S.: she will invest her loan in the purchase of ingredients to make tamales.

In this group: Soraida, Maria Estela , Maria Del Carmen , Juayda

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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