A loan of $2,650 helped a member to buy gelatin, essences, cups, milk, carrying case and tricycle for making and selling jellies.


Brisa Group's story

This solidarity group is called Brisa ("Breeze"). It is located in the Tlayecac community in the state of Morelos in Mexico. The group is made up of the following ladies: Teresa de Jesus; Margarita; Demetria Cristina who will use her loan to buy perfumes, deodorants, creams, etc; Señora Luisa who will buy fabrics and sewing thread; Señora Gabriela Joaquina who will buy gelatin and cups; Señora Maria de Jesus who will buy Tupperware at wholesale; Señora Maria Elena who is going to buy shoes at wholesale; Señora Elizabeth who will buy pork and honey to sell pork scratchings; Señor Salvador Wilbert who will buy goats and food to raise and sell them; Señora Estela who is going to buy blankets and sheets. Señora Gabriela Joaquina is 46 years old and is married. Her husband works in the fields and she has a son named Wilbert who is 26. She sells jellies in Jaloxtoc, which is about 10 minutes from Tlayecac. She uses public transport to reach the village where she sells the jellies, her sister helps her sell them. She uses a carrying case for the jellies because she has had surgery and cannot carry anything heavy. She is applying for the loan to buy raw materials and ingredients to produce the jellies; she will buy essences, cups, milk, a carrying case and a tricycle. She started her business 17 years ago to meet her financial needs and her son was young. Her uncle taught her how to make the jellies and her husband gave money to buy the raw ingredients. She started little by little and has grown and sold more jellies, she is well-known by her customers for her good taste. Her business is important because she likes to make jellies and go out to sell them, and above all, it has helped defray the family expenses. She is proud of having her own business, and to be able to provide education for her child. Her business faces the challenges of high costs and hot weather. In hot weather, she has to make the sales more hastily because of the risk of the jellies melting. She applies part of her profits for food, part for reinvesting in the ingredients, and part for electricity and gas. Her hopes and dreams are to grow her business, so that the whole family can be in good health and she can put a roofing slab on her home. She is very happy that this loan will help her to buy the raw materials to keep on selling jellies. The group members want to tell Kiva and Fundacion Realidad that "the ladies thank you for your loans, and thank you for caring for people with low incomes so that we can meet our needs and grow our businesses." Tlayecac is a pretty village. There are fields where sorghum and corn are grown, there are hills, and one can raise animals for sale like goats, sheep, and cows. Señora Teresa de Jesus is missing from the picture.

In this group: Luisa, Gabriela Joaquina, Teresa De Jesus, Maria De Jesus, Margarita , Maria Elena, Elizabeth, Salvador Wilbert, Estela , Demetria Cristina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack


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