A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy powdered soap, bath soap, detergents, beans, rice, corn, canned food, soft drinks, juice, candies, oil and bread.

Citlali Group's story

The Citali group is maD. up of 15 very cheerful and hard-working women who decided to give their group a name (Citali) which, in their Nahuatl dialect means 'Star'.

Claudia is one of this group's members. She is 35 years old, studied up to high school level, and is married to Carlos who is an agricultural worker. They have six children: 17-year-old Flor del Rio, 15-year-old David (both of whom are in senior high school), 13-year-old Carla (who is in high school), 11-year-old Luz del Carmen and Maria Dolores (who are in elementary school) and 5-year-old Pedro who is in pre-school. Claudia tells us that she started her business selling groceries three years ago because she wanted to proviD. for her children and the only inheritance she can give them is to send them to school and give them a good education. For this reason, she works very hard. She also wants to help her husband with their household expenses.

Claudia opens her grocery store very early in the morning and waits for her customers to arrive. She has all her products out and displayed on shelves so that her customers can see them. She enjoys serving her customers.

Claudia needs this loan to buy powdered soap, bath soap, detergents, beans, rice, corn, canned food, soft drinks, juice, candies, oil and bread to sell in her business.

Claudia hopes that, with this investment, her business will thrive and she will be able to increase her business even further. She is very happy with the foundation and sends them a message in her mother tongue (Nahuatl). "Tlaxokamati Fundación Realidad" (Thank you Fundación Realidad).

The other members of this group are:
Elizabeth - Soft drinks
Maximina - Underwear
Julia - Underwear
Hortensia - Soft drinks
Concepción - Chicken
Maria Magdalena - Groceries
Asela - Sweet treats
Angelica - Sweet treats
Catalina - Soft drinks
Ernestina - Soft drinks
Zeferina - Chicken
Minerva - Carpentry
Marisol - Chicken
Claudia C. - Soft drinks

In this group: Elizabet, Maximina, Julia, Hortencia, Concepcion, Maria Magdalena, Asela, Angelica, Catalina, Ernestina, Zeferina, Claudia, Minerva, Marisol, Claudia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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