A loan of $3,575 helped a member to buy and sell shoes.

El Manantial Group's story

This group is called “El Manantial” (The Spring). Its members decided to call it this because their neighborhood is called “El Manantial,” state of Oaxaca. It has ten members who have known each other for approximately 30 years; they are neighbors and family members.

Zita is a member of the “El Manantial” group and is 35 years old. She has lived in this community her whole life and for that reason has known the other members of the group for a long time. She studied up to 8th grade. She has a total of four children, two girls and two boys. She sells footwear and needs the loan to buy more footwear to display in the small locale that her husband has just finished building so that when she does not have time to go out to sell she can do it from her locale. Her customers are recommending that she sell all types of footwear, like tennis shoes and shoes for school, so that they won’t go elsewhere to buy. One of Zita’s dreams is to set up a shoe store to have something to leave to her children.

The other group members are:

Isabel - sells fruits and vegetables.
Antonia - sale of traditional Mexican snacks.
Juana - sale of traditional Mexican snacks.
Catalina - to buy ingredients to make bread.
Gloria - to buy ingredients to make bread.
Cecilia - sale of traditional Mexican snacks.
Luciana - to make tamales.
Clara - sale of traditional Mexican snacks.
Cecilia- sale of traditional Mexican snacks.

They are very happy with the support that Fundación Realidad has given them to make their dreams a reality.

In this group: Antonia, Juana, Catalina, Isabel , Gloria, Cecilia, Luciana, Zita, Clara, Cesilia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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