A loan of $4,200 helped a member to buy the supplies she uses, such as chilies, corn masa, banana leaves for wrappers, chicken, etc.

Copala Group's story

Francisca is 52 years old and a single mother. She has two children who live with her: Maria Concepción, who studied only through high school, and Eduardo, age 19, who also stopped with his high school degree; he could not study further because he does not have the economic resources for his studies.

Francisca works selling chicken mole tamales. She has done this work for 40 years, and she says it is a very good business. She sells her goods every day in her village, and she says that she always sells out. She will invest her loan in buying the supplies that she uses, such as chilies, corn masa, banana leaves for the wrappers, chicken, etc. She hopes that it will go well for her, and her business will grow, since it is a source of income for her family's expenses. She is grateful for the support provided to her.

Francisca belongs to the Cópala group, which has that name because in the community where they live, a lot of copal is produced. The group is made up of 10 hard-working women, as follows: Eduarda, Rubisela, Marlene, Ma Lucas, Celerina, Alicia, María de los Ángeles, Yesenia and Francisca. All of them have a commercial activity, such as selling grocery products, food, perfumes, cheeses, tamales, etc.

In this group: Eduarda, Rubisela, Marlene, Ma Lucas*, Julia Elizet, Celerina, Alicia, Maria De Los Ángeles*, Yesenia, Francisca
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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