A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and firewood.

Jumiltepec Group's story

This communal bank group is called Jumiltepec. It consists of Señora Ana Bertha who with her loan is going to buy shoes and seasonal calalogues; Señora Joaquina who is going to buy firewood, coal, rice, oil, sugar to make tacos 'acorazados' (battleship tacos are massive corn tortillas with rice and beef - hence the 'battleship' terminology); Señora Santa Rosa is going to buy flowers wholesale; Señora Teresita de Jesús is going to buy sugar and jars for selling honey; Señora María Félix is going to buy avocados wholesale; Señoras María Rachel, Justina y Esther are going to buy sugar, flour; Señor Miguel Ángel is going to buy toilet paper, sugar, salt, soap, oil, soft drinks, Bimbo bread, cookies; Señora Aida is going to buy milkshakes, tea, aloe, proteins.

Señora Justina is 63 years old. She is a widow and has 11 children, 7 females and 4 males, all of whom work now. She makes sweet bread. She is asking for a loan to buy flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and firewood with which to make her sweet bread and pastries (called shells and kisses) and white bread rolls. She started her business 35 years ago and with the savings from the business bought the ingredients. She used to work with her aunt and watched her make the bread and learned how to do the same. The business is important because with it they never lack for food. She makes bread every 8 days. On Thursdays and Sundays her daughters help her make the bread. She goes to town to sell her products as she has customers that date back years and know the days she sells on. She sells her products that gives her the money to buy food for her grandchildren. She uses the profit to pay off debts, reinvest and for food. Her dreams and hopes are to live well, quiet and happy with her family and also wishes the best for her children. The members of the group want to thank Kiva and the Fundacion Realidad: "Thank you for the loans; we are grateful to you. Thanks to your help we can move forwards with our businesses."

In this group: Ana Bertha, Joaquina, Santa Rosa, Teresita De Jesus, Maria Felix, Maria Rachel, Miguel Angel, Justina, Aida , Esther

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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