A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy dried Poblano chilis, Mulato chilis, Pasilla chilis, Guajillo chilis, sesame seeds, peanuts, almonds, raisins, seeds, cumin, pepper, cloves, oil, chocolate and plantains to make red mole chili paste.


Huitzililla Group's story

This community bank is called Huitzililla. It is located in the community of Huitzililla, in Ciudad Ayala, in the State of Morelos, Mexico. The group's members are: Margarita, who will use her loan to buy soft drinks, cookies, bleach, etc. with which to stock her grocery store; Maribel, who will buy men's, ladies' and children's shoes to fill some orders; young Santiago, who will buy soft drinks and Juana, who will buy ingredients for making red 'mole' chili paste.

Juana is 35 years old. She has a common-law marriage and three children: 16 year-old Elizabeth who no longer attends school but helps her mom around the house; 14 year-old Luis Damián who is in high school, and 10 year-old Analitzi who is in elementary school. Juana requested her loan to buy ingredients for making red 'mole' chili paste. She will buy dried Poblano chilis, Mulato chilis, Pasilla chilis, Guajillo chilis, sesame seeds, peanuts, almonds, raisins, seeds, cumin, pepper, cloves, chocolate, oil, plantains, etc. She started her business three years ago. As she makes very tasty red 'mole' chili sauce, her aunt said that she should sell red 'mole' paste and loaned her the money to buy ingredients. Juana and her daughter go out to sell their 'mole' paste to local housewives. People also hire her for parties so that she can prepare their 'mole' sauce. For this reason, she likes to have in stock the supplies she needs to prepare her red 'mole' paste.

Juana's business is important because it has helped her family, when they have most needed it, in covering school expenses, registration fees and uniforms. It has also helped to cover household expenses such as electricity, gas and food bills. Juana's dreams and hopes are for her family and her business to do better and for her to be able to leave her children something and teach them how to run their own business.

Huitzililla is a village where people grow sorghum, corn and onions. They celebrate San Tomas on December 21st each year and there are masses, processions, first communions and bullfighting. The group's members would like to say to Kiva and Fundación Realidad "thank you for the trust that you have placed in us. Although we are people who don't earn much, we are also people who like to pay back our debts. We hope that you continue trusting and continue helping more people who need it".

In this group: Margarita, Maribel, Santiago, Juana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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