A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy plastic cans, jugs and drums.

5 De Mayo Group's story

This group is called “5 de Mayo” and is located in the community of Ocuituco, México. Its members are Isabel who will use the loan to buy cans of peaches, María del Carmen who will buy rice, cheese, oil, paper and bags to prepare fast food snacks, Eufrocina who will buy eggs, sugar, soap and oil to stock her grocery store, Yecenia who will buy feed to fatten up pigs and Victorina who will buy drums, jugs and cans.

Victorina is 22 years old and lives in common law relationship with her husband. They have two children: Milton, 6, and Tony, 1. She asked for her loan to buy plastic items: drums, cans and jugs to sell. She started the business 7 years ago; it was an inheritance from her in-laws. They taught her the business. Her husband goes out to adjacent towns to sell the items to the people in the countryside. Her business is important because that’s where she gets what she needs to feed and clothe her children. She is proud that her customers, who are the country folk, prefer her and she enjoys going out to get to know other towns.

Ocuituco is a pretty town. It has a mild climate, much vegetation and fruit trees. Avocadoes are abundant. The 25th of July is celebrated as St. James the Apostle Feast Day. Masses are celebrated and there are fireworks displays.

She hopes to have her own house and to enlarge the business to be able to provide her children with better quality of life.

The group members would like to say to Kiva and to Fundación Realidad: “We thank you for your support and for the trust you’ve place in us and keep helping other people.”

In this group: Isabel, Maria Del Carmen, Eufrocina, Yecenia, Victorina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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