A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy jugs and hoops for making cheeses.

Santa Lucia Group's story

This group is called Santa Lucia. Its members decided to call it such because to them it seems like a beautiful name and full of life like them. It is made up of eleven members who are all hardworking, desire to grow their businesses, and have a better quality of life.

The representative of the group is Odilia, a nice, hardworking person who makes a living selling milk, pumpkin, and cheeses. She tells us that what she likes most about her business is squeezing the curd and going out to sell her cheeses in the streets of her community. She is happily married to Carmelo who's fifty-two years old and with whom she has two children: Andrea, a woman, and Jonás, a man. They help her milk and mash the curd to make cheese. She requested the loan to buy more jugs and hoops for cheese and trays to put milk.

The other members of the group are:

Berenice - who makes a living selling perfumes.
Andrés - who makes a living selling banquet services.
María Reina - who makes a living selling cheeses.
Cenobia - who makes a living selling livestock.
Gregoria - who makes a living selling ingredients.
Remedios - who makes a living selling bread.
Jorgina - who makes a living selling Mexican appetizers.
Xochil - who makes a living selling sewing services.
Martha Felisia - who makes a living selling groceries.
Eduardo - who makes a living chilies and seeds.

They give thanks to the foundation for giving them the opportunity to grow as people and as merchants since they are poor people with a desire to better themselves.

In this group: Berenice, Andres, Maria Reyna, Cenobia, Gregoria, Remedio, Jorgina, Xochil, Odilia Gregoria, Martha Felisia, Eduardo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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