A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy the ingredients for bread-making.

Abejitas Trabajadoras Group's story

Jorge is part of the “Abejitas Trabajadoras” (Little Worker Bees) communal bank and says that they gave the group that name because they consider the insect to be very hardworking. He is 32 and a native of a town where the principal economic activity is guava cultivation. He is married and has two children, who are in primary school. He has worked, from a very young age, as a baker, but four years ago he branched out on his own in order to provide economically for his household and earn a bit more income. He notes that it was his family who taught him how to make different kinds of breads such as the delicious chilindrinas (sugar coated buns), doughnuts, conchas (sweet buns), espejos (large, glazed cookies ), teleras (a type of bread), cuernitos (croissants) and many other varieties.

Jorge says that he gets up at a very early hour, at about 4 in the morning, to do his baking. He sells his bread in the city, since various stores have already placed orders. He is asking for a loan to buy basic ingredients such as flour, milk, eggs, sugar, cooking gas, food coloring, etc. He says that, especially in the month of November, he makes bread for the Day of the Dead, since the Day of the Dead holiday is celebrated in the country. He is very pleased that they will give him a loan because then he will have the supplies needed to make his delicious breads. Jorge’s goal is to own another mud oven because the bread has a more delicious taste and it is cooked with wood which gives it a different flavor.

The other eleven members of the communal bank are Gloria, Cristina, Elizabeth, Rosa, Mariana, María de Jesús, Adriana, Teresa, Alma Delia, Sandra, Georgina. They are all requesting loans to invest in their businesses selling items such as shoes, furniture, sweets, embroidered handicrafts, flowers, appetizers and cosmetics by catalog.

In this group: Gloria, Cristina, Elizabeth, Rosa, Mariana, Jorge, Maria De Jesus, Adriana De Jesus, Teresa, Alma Delia, Sandra Viridiana, Georgina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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