A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy tablecloths.


El Cisne Group's story

El Cisne group is made up of 9 members, 2 men and 7 women who are all from the same community. The group’s name was chosen by one of the members who is no longer part of the group. They have been working with the institution for a long time although some members have left but also others have joined. The new members figure that Manuel chose the name because he raised geese in those days.

Eva has benefited from the loans because previously she bought and sold pigs and could thus improve her home and set up a convenience store. She has also used the money for her events chair and table rentals business for her community and for neighboring villages. They are rented for baptisms, first communions, and graduations and these are when she does the best.

She has 60 tables and 108 chairs and this time she will use the money to buy 60 tablecloths for the tables. She brought the tables from Mexico City and she has almost had the business for a year. Her hope is to have more chairs to give her customers better service since one of the challenges was that she didn’t have enough chairs or tables to supply the numbers that were ordered.
Eva is 63, a widow, and she doesn’t have dependents. She now lives close to one of her children and sees her grandchildren.

The members of the group are grateful and happy with the loan and promise to make the repayments. Each of them has different work: Amelia embroiders, Alicia has chickens. Elia will buy the corn for her tortilla store, Marco Antonio will buy chickens for his poultry store, Luisa will purchase corn and feed her pigs, Hermelinda will use it for asbestos, Lucila for pig feed, and Manuel will buy sheep.

In this group: Maria Eva , Amelia , Alicia , Elia , Marco Antonio , Manuel *, Luisa , Hermelinda , Lucila
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio


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