A loan of $1,375 helped a member to buy ice cream and popsicles.

Flor De Canela Group's story

His family and friends affectionately call Reynaldo Señor Rey. From an early age his parents taught him to love the land and how to work it. As a young man he grew corn but it was very hard work and brought him little profit. Now Rey sells popsicles and ice cream, a job he’s been doing for sixteen years. He started out by selling from his house, then in his community of Curungueo, and finally as all was going well, he started going to other communities such as Macho de Agua and Río De Guadalupe amongst others. He walks around to sell his wares, outside primary schools for example, and when school is out, he sells in the streets of the communities.

Now Rey is seeking a loan from Kiva partner Fundación Realidad to buy more stock and also to buy ice cream cones, glass containers for ice cream, and another cooler as the one he has is very old.

Rey’s needs are many as he has a family to help get ahead in life. He wants to add more rooms to his home which is no longer big enough since several of his children still live at home. He says, “I want to give them a better life and buy more beds so that they don’t all sleep together. Before, my house had no floor but thankfully sales increased so I was able to take out loans and put in a concrete floor. For this reason I am still working with a finance company because it has helped me provide my children with a better quality of life.”

Rey has been married for thirty years to Sra. Amalia. They have six children. The oldest is called Mariana; she is married and has two children. Then there are Armando and Ángeles, aged 24 and 22. They both help Rey with household expenses such as buying gas or firewood, and paying the electricity bills. When they are able, they help pay for the school expenses of Miriam (18) and Liliana (13). His daughter 20-year old Lourdes is a single mother and helps with the household chores.

Rey’s dream is to help his daughters get good jobs so they don’t have to cut short their dreams. His goal is to establish a permanent store in his house so that his wife Amalia and daughter Lourdes can help him sell the products. In the future he wants to buy a freezer for the ice cream and popsicles.

The three other members of his group are Mariana, Virginia, and Benito who are seeking loans to buy fruit and vegetables, and Mexican snacks such as corundas (type of tamal sold in Michoacán).

In this group: Reynaldo, Mariana, Virginia, Benito

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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