A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy clay to make jars and pots.

Virgen De Juquila Group's story

Petra Constantina is a member of the Virgen de Juquila group, which is in Cohuecan, Puebla, Mexico. Ernestina, Petra Constantina, Maura and Manuelas are members of the group. With their loan they are going to buy clay and firewood to make their jars, pots, pans, and stands.

Luisa will buy clay, firewood, and paints to make pots, pans, and plates.

Diana will buy analgesic medications, antibiotics, and gauze, etc.

Gabina will buy clay and white sandy soil to make plates and cups.

Guillermo will buy tires and pay for maintenance on his taxi in order to offer better service.

Petra Constantina, age 65, is married and has two children. Maura is 38 years old, and Sebastian is 16 years old and works. She devotes herself to making pottery. She requested her loan in order to buy clay to make pots and jars. She sells them to her customers unglazed.

She started her business when she got married. She was saving the money her husband gave her in order to buy clay. She went to a neighbor to learn to work the clay. Currently he daughter helps her make the pots and jars. Her business is important because she has work and money for her family. She is proud of making the jars and pots. She likes it when she sells them and has money. She is content and happy with the loan that she will receive because she will be able to buy her material and have it in stock in order to keep working. She will save the other part of the loan.

Her hopes and dreams are to have good health together with her family in order to live happily.

San Bartolo Cohuecan is a pretty town where seasonal sorghum and corn is grown. The 24th of August they celebrate the patron saint of the town of San Bartolo. There are a lot of visitors, a fair, masses, and food for the visitors.

The members of the group want to tell Kiva and the Fundación Realidad, “Thanks for the loans because they help us a lot in our businesses and that they lower our interest”.

In this group: Ernestina, Petra Constantina, Luisa, Maura, Diana, Manuela, Gabina, Guillermo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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