A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy ingredients and materials like corn, beans, pork rinds, and gas.

Ephata Group's story

This group is called "Ephata," which means "the smallest one." They are all looking for an opportunity to make more sales and to grow. They are located in the state of Mexico. The group is comprised of 10 members and this is the first time they are requesting a loan.

Vilgahi is one member of the group. She is 48 years old, studied until the fifth year of primary school, is a homemaker, and has five children (two girls and three boys). She makes and sells tlacoyos (which consist of a thick, long oval tortilla prepared from a dough of corn and cooked beans, which can then be filled with various ingredients like beans, lima beans, meat, and cottage cheese). She started doing this ten years ago.

She is requesting a loan to buy ingredients and supplies like corn, beans, pork rinds, and gas. Her customers are people in her area who prefer to buy her products for their quality and the good service and friendly attention she provides. At the moment, Vilgahi feels very happy to have the opportunity to invest and to distribute her product. Her business is important because with it, she can get ahead on her family's expenses and therefore have a better quality of life. She longs to give her daughter, who is currently in high school, the opportunity to pursue a professional career so that she can have a better future.

In this group: Patricia, Vilgahi, Adriana, Elizabed, Susana, Reyna, Eliza, Tomasa, Leticia, Julia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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