A loan of $3,825 helped a member purchase ingredients for making & selling bread.

Manantial Group's story

The group “Manantial” (Spring) consists of twelve indigenous women who engage in different business activities. They formed this group since they are all neighbors in the community. The group is named “Manantial” because there is a river of the same name where people go to bathe and wash clothes. This group is from the town of Santa Catarina Mechoacan, a place where many fishermen live and that is known for its beautiful vegetation and wildlife.

The representative of the group is Sra. Isabel G. H.. She is 39 years old, married to Sr. Roman G., and has two school age children. Sra. Isabel is the person responsible for inviting the other members to join this group. She earns her living by selling bread.

Sra. Gloria H. Q. is also a member of this group. She is 60 years old and is well-known in town for making some of the most delicious bread. Sra. Gloria has been in this business for more than twenty years. She always generates good sales because she is able to sell in other areas as well as in her own town. People are familiar with the good flavor of her products and order them for special occasions such as weddings, New Years, and other events. She is requesting a loan to buy more supplies used in making her products such as butter, flour, sugar, and other items so that she can produce more and generate slightly better earnings. This will enable her to support her two children who are continuing their education. Gloria will be able to make her loan payments as well.

Listed below are the women in this group:
Antonia M. B., age 66: sells tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and enchiladas
Rosa D. L. P. B., age 44: sells snacks and sweets
Juana G. H., age 46: sells regional snacks
Catalina Q. Cruz, age 58: sells bread
Isabel G. H., age 39: sells bread
Gloria H. Q., age 60: sells bread
Cecilia L. G., age 43: sells tamales
Luciana H. G., age 23: sells regional snacks
Maria N. H., age 33: sells tostadas
Zita G. M., age 29: sells regional snacks
Clara L. H., age 35: sells tamales
Elia Natalia Q. Cruz, age 52: sells tostadas

In this group: Antonia, Rosa, Juana, Catalina, Isabel, Gloria, Cecilia, Luciana, Maria, Zita, Clara, Elia Natalia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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