A loan of $3,700 helped a member sell groceries, shoes, soft drinks, snacks and dishes and utensils.

La Candelaria Group's story

In the state of Oaxaca, near the Cerro de Oro (Hill of Gold) dam there is a community named La Candelaria. This is known as a cattle-raising and cheese-making region. Here there is a group named after the community, since its members believe the name will help their group become better known. They have 10 members.

Norberto is a member of the group. He is 38 years old, studied through secondary school, and is now married with 2 children, both attending a community primary school. Norberto tells us that when he was very small, his parents had a store called Abarrotes Ramos, and a little over 10 years ago, his parents left the store to him. Now he and his wife run it. The store is located in his house and one parallel to his.

Norberto prefers keeping the store well-stocked so that his customers can always find what they are looking for. He needs this loan to buy beans, rice, flour, oil, sugar, salt, soup, soap, clorox, detergents, cookies, soft drinks, sweets, toilet paper, canned goods (chili, beans, tuna), tomatoes, chilis, onions, and bread, to restock his store.

Norberto hopes that with this investment, his business will prosper, since he wants his store to grow. His earnings will be used to paint the store and to offer a better quality of life to his children.

The remaining members of the group are:
Esther - Sells tacos
Francisca - Sells soft drinks
Carmela - Sells soft drinks
Manuela - Sells groceries
Raquel - Sells shoes
Gerardo - Rents out a tractor
Magdalena - Sells dishes and utensils
Gabriela - Sells Mexican snacks

In this group: Ramona, Esther , Francisca , Carmela , Norberto, Manuela , Raquel , Gerardo , Magdalena , Gabriela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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