A loan of $3,575 helped a member to buy footwear and supplies to make and sell tamales.

Las Guadalupes De San Jose Group's story

The Las Guadalupes D. San José group is named this way because all of the women who make up the group are very devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Also, they all live in San José del Progreso. San José del Progresso is named in honor of the father of Jesus Christ. The name Progreso was added later because in the past there existed a great period of economic growth in the municipality because of the abundant agricultural production in the region.

This town is in the VilL. D. Tutuepec D. Melchor Ocampo municipality (in the state of Oaxaca). The town’s principal economic activities are farming and raising livestock. This is the first group that the Fundación formed in this area. It is comprised of 11 women with different business activities.

EsteL. E. M., age 32, is the representative of the group. She attended school until high school. She is in a common-law marriage with Gerardo Sanabia M., an excavations operator. They have four children. Tania is 13, EsteL. is 10, Gerardo is 8, and Luis is 3. Tania attends high school, and EsteL. and Gerardo are in elementary school.

EsteL. requested the loan to buy footwear and to buy supplies to make and sell tamales. In the morning she works selling shoes by catalogs. In the afternoon she sells tamales. EsteL. says that her businesses have gone very well for her. She has various customers. She sells her products door to door.

Paulina Gazga López is a member of the group. She is 59 years old and lives in a common-law marriage with Sebastian H. Zaguilan, a farmer. They have nine children; all of them are married. They only have one granddaughter under their care.

Paulina is a farmer, and she grows lemons, papayas, “chio zapote” (an exotic tropical fruit), corn, and beans, among others. She says that she sells lemons the most because there is a factory in the area that processes these products to make different lemon derivatives. That is why she has sales all year round; she sells her harvest to the factory owners. She requested the loan to buy liquid to fumigate her land and to buy water to irrigate her crops.

She is a very hard-working woman. She and her husband grow different crops to sell. She dreams of increasing her crops and that her crops are free from pests because this business activity feeds her family. The earnings from her business are to support her family, especially her granddaughter. Her granddaughter has been under her care since she was a newborn.

She is happy to belong to the Fundación and that they have granted the loan. She is grateful for the trust that they have shown in the members.

The following are the women who make up this group:

Paulina G. L., age 59, buys seeds and sells fruit

Emiliana M. M., age 56, buys clothing to sell

Maria Cleofas C. X, age 58, buys fish and seafood to sell

Elva P. R., age 60 buys supplies to sell snacks, tamales, and tacos

Jesus H. H., age 46, buys supplies to make and sell tamales

EsteL. E. M., age 32, buys footwear and supplies to make and sell tamales

Cristina C. H., age 61, buy supplies to make and sell snacks

Florinda H. D. L. R., age 73, buys supplies to make and sell tortillas and snacks

Gumercinda C. C., age 37, buy supplies to make and sell tamales and snacks

Maria Remedios C. C., age 28, buy supplies to make and sell snacks

Clemencia C. A., age 22, buys supplies to make and sell tamales - also buy seafood and lemon to sell

In this group: Paulina, Emiliana*, Maria Cleofas, Elva , Jesus , Estela, Cristina, Florinda , Gumercinda, Maria Remedios, Clemencia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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