A loan of $4,550 helped a member to buy catalogue comforters to sell.

Las Sirenitas Group's story

The “Las Sirenitas” (The Little Mermaids) group is so named because at the beginning all the members were women and they liked the name so named the group like that. The group is located in the town of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, in the Cuauhtémoc neighborhood. All the members of the group are hard working and capable of doing whatever is necessary to earn income and have a good quality of life. The members are from the same neighborhood so know each other well. It has 12 members: 10 women and 2 men.

The group representative is Mrs. Inés L. Hernández, 36. She’s a hard working single mother who has raised her children who are 10 and 7 years of age and in school. She sells comforters via catalogue and also sells fast food. Inés does these things because of the need she has to support her children and provide them with a good education. Inés asked for the loan to buy more comforters to sell in order to have profits and be able to survive economically.

Mrs. Carmen X. C., 48, is also a group member. She’s been a widow for 12 years and only finished elementary school because her parents were very humble and were only able to afford that level of schooling for her. Since then she has been in a variety of activities to be able to support her children; she has four: Alfonso, 26, who is married, Pablo, 22, who is single and employed, Perla, 20, who is married and Alma,18, who is married.

Carmen has a locale where she sells soft drinks, Sabritas brand snacks, and juices, among others. Her locale is located 15 minutes from her house. Carmen’s customers for the most part are truck drivers that pass by her locale since it’s located at one of the town’s exits. In addition to the refreshment sales, on weekends she sells tamales to her neighbors.

Carmen’s dream is to open a locale in her very house and sell more products in order to have more profits. Carmen comments that she got a loan from another bank to buy ingredients to make the fast food.

Carmen thanks all those who will fund the loan and who support people of limited resources.

The group members are:

Aurelia A. X, 56, buys merchandise to sell.
Inés Martínez Rendón, 54, buys clothes to sell.
Ana Martha García López, 27, buys corn to sell.
Carmen X C., 48, buys soft drinks to sell.
Juana Catalina López C., 39, buyos fabric to make traditional costumes to sell.
Yuridia Marroquín Ramírez, 28, buys chickens to sell.
Inés L. Hernández, 36, buys catalogue comforters to sell.
Rosaelia Damián Mejía, 33, buys corn to make tortillas to sell.
Alberta C. Hernández, 52, buys groceries to sell.
Néstor L. X, 73, 73 buys groceries to sell.
Marcelina Gómez V., 54, sells fast food.
Moisés L. Hernández, 32, buys bricklaying tools.

In this group: Aurelia*, Ines , Ana Martha, Carmen , Juana Catalina, Yuridia*, Ines, Rosaelia, Alberta , Nestor , Marcelina, Moises
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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