A loan of $3,125 helped a member to sell sweet treats, snacks, groceries and soft drinks.

Las Campesinas Group's story

In the State of Oaxaca, near the Cerro reservoir, there is a community called Arroyo Chicali which is an indigenous community whose people speak the Mazateco dialect. There is a group in this community which is called "Las Campesinas" (Country Women) because they consider themselves to be very hard-working country women. There are 12 members in this group.

Ismaela is one of this group's members. She is 41 years old and has only an elementary school level of education. She is married to Armando, who works as a day laborer. The couple have five children: 15 year-old Diana, who is in high school; 12 year-old Vicente and 8 year-old EM., who are in elementary school; and 3 year-old Yurem de Jesus and Yurem EM..

Ismaela tells us that approximately one year ago she decided to start selling sweet treats and soft drinks in her home as the money her husband earned wasn't enough to cover their household expenses. By selling these products, she earns a little extra money which she uses to help her husband with their household expenses and to cover their children's education expenses. She tells us that she placed a small table in the front of her home and this is where she sells her sweet treats. She tells us that her sales are good because the local children always fancy a sweet treat and many of the families in the community have a soft drink while they eat.

Ismaela needs this loan to invest in buying soft drinks and sweet treats to re-stock her business. She tells us that sometimes lifts her table and her sweet treats up onto her small cart and takes them to sell at the sports field on days when there are soccer matches. She would like her business to prosper and would like to invest her profits in buying some groceries so that she can grow her business.

The other members of the group are:

Victoria - who sells Mexican snacks
Rufina - who sells groceries
Venancia - who sells fish
María - who raises livestock
Julia - who sells fish
María S. - who sells groceries
Carmela - who sells tacos
María del Carment - who sells snacks
Inerva - who sells chicken
Hilda - who sells soft drinks
Elizabeth - who sells soft drinks

In this group: Ismaela, Victoria, Rufina, Venancia, Maria, Julia, Maria, Carmela, Maria Del Carmen, Mineva, Hilda, Elizabeth

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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