A loan of $4,725 helped a member to buy a variety of chiles and tortillas, meat, tomatoes, onions, beans, salt, oil, sodas, garlic, cilantro, and disposable plates.


Igualdad Group's story

Soledad is one of the 11 members of a group called Igualdad in the community of Tetela, in a sugarcane-growing area in the state of Oaxaca. The majority of the residents work growing sugarcane, because only 15 minutes away is Ingenio La Margarita, one of the main sugar producers in the region.

Soledad, 52, studied up to secondary school and is the single mother of a 22-year-old who studies in the university. For a little more than 22 years Soledad has sold Mexican "antojitos" [traditional corn-based foods] and daily specials in a small place she has in her home, which is located on the side of the highway near a bus stop. This helps her increase her sales. It is a perfect place to sell because there are many regular customers. She gets up early to start with her sales. Everybody knows her because of the seasoning and the service she offers.

Soledad needs the loan to buy a variety of chiles and tortillas, meat, tomatoes, onions, beans, salt, oil, sodas, garlic, cilantro, and disposable plates to continue with her sales. She hopes that with this investment her business will continue progressing, because in the future she would like to remodel to give her customers better service.

The other members of this group are María, who sells Mexican antojitos; Reyna, who sells food; Cesárea, who sells cosmetics; Magdalena, who bakes pastries; Guadalupe, who sells beverages; Matilde, who sells antojitos; Martha, who sells clothing; Guadalupe, who sells footwear; Alicia, who sells antojitos; and Salvador, who grows sugar cane.

In this group: Maria , Reyna Delia , Soledad , Cesarea , Matilde *, Guadalupe , Matilde , Martha , Guadalupe , Alicia , Salvador
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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