A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy beauty products and corn.

Jalpeñitas Group's story

This group is called JALPEÑITAS because the village where the members live is called Jalpa, which comes from the Nahuatl word for 'place on sand'. It is located in the State of Hidalgo, in Mexico.

This group has 10 members and this is the first time that they have requested a loan. Teresa de Jesús López is a member of the group. She is 56 years old and didn't attend school. She has one son. Teresa has been selling cosmetics and tamales for 30 years. She is requesting this loan to buy merchandise. Her customers say that they like to buy from her because she is very hard working and kind to everybody. Whenever they have a problem they ask her point of view because of the experience that she has. At the time of requesting this loan, Teresa feels very happy and has a great desire to work. She requested this loan to buy more merchandise such as beauty products and also corn for making her tamales. She needs both of her jobs because she can't cover her family's expenses with just the one. Her customers make a lot of orders and sometimes she doesn't have enough money to buy everything. Teresa hopes that she will be able to provide a better education for her son since she never received an education herself.

In this group: Guadalupe, Alma Ericka, Adriana, Ana Laura, Ivonne, Ilse Guadalupe, Miriam, Teresa De Jesus, Maria Esmeralda, Perla Ivonne*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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