A loan of $4,975 helped a member to buy scrap iron and gasoline for her work vehicle.

Granito De Arena Group's story

Marisol is 32 years old and says that she is studying in her eighth semester at UPN (National Pedagogic University) for a degree in Middle Indigenous Languages. This will enable her to teach indigenous children who speak Mazahua since this is the predominant culture and language in her community.

Marisol is married to Sr. Constantino and has two children, a daughter in fifth grade and a son who is in second grade. She and her husband buy and sell scrap iron that is brought in every day from the neighboring areas around her town. These items include doors, batteries, radiators, and other objects. Marisol sells all of these items in the town of Hidalgo since there is a recycling center that buys iron and scrap metal. She says that she and her husband decided to start this business because he was involved in a serious accident at a sawmill. Since he was not able to continue working, they decided to sell iron that could be sold at a later time.

Marisol is requesting a loan to buy iron and gasoline for transporting the iron. One of her worries is her older daughter who occasionally suffers from asthma attacks. For this reason, she and her husband must work very hard in order to buy the medicines needed to keep her illness under control.

Marisol says that one of her goals is to buy another truck that will help her husband buy and sell iron in other communities. The other six group members are María de Lourdes, Sonia, Félix, Eduardo, Elvia, and Javier. They will invest their loans in a sewing workshop, auto parts for a minibus used for providing public transportation, growing avocados, construction materials to sell, sheep and turkeys, and a grocery store.

In this group: Maria De Lourdes, Sonia, Felix, Eduardo, Marisol, Elvia, Javier
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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