A loan of $2,475 helped a member to buy the supplies to make tamales, such as rice, oil, chilis, and leaves.

Gardelias Del Sur Group's story

María Elena, 29, is married and has three children in school, Carlos and Alexis in elementary school and Kenia in secondary school. Her husband Gregorio, 29, is a farmworker. She works selling rice tamales, a job she has had for approximately a year.

She will invest the loan in the business. She will buy the supplies she uses for the tamales, which are rice, oil, chilis, and leaves to wrap the tamales.

She sells her tamales there in her town. María Elena would like her business to grow more because she says it is of great use in her family as a source of income.

María Elena belongs to Gardelias del Sur Group, which is made up of the following hardworking women: Lidia, Josefina, Benita, Elizabeth, Delia, Marta, María, Guadalupe, and Lizeth. They all work in commercial activities such as selling food, bread, groceries, atole [a corn drink], etc.

In this group: Lidia, Marta, Josefina, Maria , Benita , Guadalupe *, Elizabeth, Lizeth, Delia, Maria Elena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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