A loan of $2,100 helped a member to buy firewood, napkins, yarn for weaving and sweets.

La Guadalupita Group's story

This solidarity group is called "La Guadalupita". It is made up of the Señoras Anselma; Edith Maribel; Maricela, who will buy corn by the load; Señora Magnolia, who will buy cheese, tomatoes, chili peppers, tortillas, dough, butter and rice; Señora María Concepción, who will buy leaves for tamales, corn, butter, meat, and vegetables; Señora Josefina who will buy firewood by the load; Señora Deunila Martina who will buy ice-pops, chewing gum, chocolates and caramels; Señora María Guadalupe who will buy seeds and manure to grow beans; and Señora Marcelina who will buy crates of sodas.

Señora Josefina is 66 years old. She sells firewood, napkins, yarn and sweets. She is requesting her loan to buy firewood, napkins, yarn for weaving and sweets. She started her business three years ago, when she became widowed and lacked economic resources. Her son gave her $1,000, which she invested in sweets and jellies. Her business is in her home, and she also go to the plaza squares to sell her napkins and yarn for weaving. Her business is important, because she has work and it provides income so she can eat. She enjoys working as it is a distraction, and she is happy to be useful and to earn her own income. She is happy about this loan that she is going to receive, because it will be helping her to continue working in her business by keeping it well stocked.

Her dreams and hope are to put a roof on her house, and that God will keep her healthy and she won't get sick.

The members of the group give thanks to Kiva and to the Fundación Realidad for their help. Each one of the members will undertake the business in which they enjoy working.

In this group: Magnolia, Maria Consepcion, Anselma, Edith Maribel, Maricela, Josefina, Deunila Martina, Maria Guadalupe, Marcelina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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