A loan of $2,225 helped a member to sell footwear, groceries, chicken, soft drinks, sweets and bread.

Las Azusenas Group's story

In Tezonapa municipality, there is a community called Ixtacapa el Chico and, in this community, there is a group called Las Azalias which has 12 members.

Alba is one of the group's members. She is 23 years old and has a high school education. Alba is a single mother and has a 3 year-old son called Alejandro. She tells us that she has always had to work and used to travel to Tezonapa every day to work. However, when her son was born, she had to find a way of working from home so that she could look after him. She was invited to sell Mexican snacks (empanadas, gorditas, tortas and tacos) at recess time in the local elementary school. She tells us that every day she loads her table and food onto her little cart and sets up her stand in the school where she sells breakfast to the children.

Alba needs this loan to invest in buying corn, beans, tomatoes, chilis, onions, meat, bread, mayonnaise, cheese, oil and cream for making the food which she sells.

The other members of the group are:

Genoveva - bakery
Maria de Lourdes - bakery
Guadalupe - sells sweet treats
Maura - sells chicken
Nallely - sells soft drinks
Lizbet - sells shoes
Ernestina - sells Mexican snacks
Blanca - sells groceries
Guadalupe - sells fruit and vegetables
Juana - sells Mexican snacks
Ana - sells chicken

In this group: Genoveva, Maria De Lourdes, Guadalupe, Maura, Nallely, Lizbet Danahi, Alba Zuleyma, Ernestina, Blanca Aracely, Guadalupe, Juana, Ana Lucia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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