A loan of $4,200 helped a member to invest in corn and chickens for her business.

El Pedregal De Los Pinos Group's story

The group is called "EL PEDREGAL D. LOS PINOS" (The Rocky Area of the Pine Trees) and it has 12 members. The members chose this name for their group because the area where they live is quite rocky and there are a lot of pine trees round about.

Maria Dolores G. was one of the women who started this group. She is currently the group's treasurer. Maria is 37 years old, married, and has two children: one son and one daughter. She did not attend school.

Maria is a housewife who also sells tortillas and raises chickens. She started her home with one room maD. from blocks and asbestos sheets. She is requesting this loan to invest in buying corn to make tortillas and chickens to raise, and to improve her home. She is very happy to have the opportunity that she is being offered. Maria has a lot of goals for her business and her family. She tells us that she would like to invest in her business so that she can then save and buy a gas 'comal' (special hotplate for cooking tortillas) since the one she has right now runs on firewood and it is difficult to go and look for firewood to cook her tortillas with. Maria plans to use her loan to grow her business even more so that she can make more income and improve her family's quality of life as well as her own.

In this group: Virginia, Juana, Felisa, Ma Dolores, Maria Guadalupe, Sinai, Martina, Leticia*, Maria Luisa, Mariela, Araceli, Filiberta

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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