A loan of $1,100 helped a member to buy scrap metal to recycle.

Armonia 2 Group's story

The “Armonia (Harmony) II” Group is made up of 4 hard-working and enterprising women, one of whom is Martha Lorena, 46 years old, who is coordinator of the group. In the year 2000 she began selling pozol (a hominy and pork dish) and later, with her earnings and loans, she began to prepare tortillas, tamales, boiled corn-on-the-cob, and other local specialties; then recently, she began selling scrap metal.

Martha has 6 children, of whom 4 minors still depend on her, and are helping out in her business. The loan will be used principally to buy scrap metal and a little of the remaining funds will be invested in each area of her business. Martha's main goal is to improve the condition of her house.

The other group members are Claudia Vanessa who is 27 years old and sells tortillas and cooked beans; Debora Rebeca, who is 23 and has sold tamales, beans, and tortillas for 2 ½ years now; and Maria Teresa, who is 38 and sells tortillas and beans, cottage cheese, and firewood.

In this group: Martha Lorena, María Teresa, Debora Rebeca, Claudia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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