A loan of $4,400 helped a member to buy ingredients for making bread.

El Huamuchi Group's story

This group called Huamuchi is made up of ten humble and hard-working indigenous women originating from Pinotepa Nacional Oaxaca, where the people are hard-working. One of the members is Carmen, a humble and hardworking woman who is 58 years old and who has made a living selling bread for a year.

Carmen Cleofás tells us that she has two employees who make the bread and she just buys the ingredients, since she is ill and gets injured when she gets close to the heat of the oven. But she is proud of her employees because they complete the orders on time and avoid disappointing her customers.

Carmen Cleofás is happily married to Pablo, who is 53 years old. She says she is happy that her husband treats her well in spite of the fact that he is younger than she is. Dona Carmen, as she is better known to her friends/fellow group members, tells us that she names her bread the following:
"panquesitos", "rosquitas", "gringos", "muelas", "gusano", "donas", "petatitos", "enpanochadas", "papayo" and "costra", and her best-selling bread is "petatitos". Carmen is happy with her business as it allows for a good income and also her customers really like her bread.

She has three children: Pedro Paulo, José Ángel y Emili, who help increase her business and she is happy with the extra income.
She asked for the loan to buy more ingredients for making bread, such as: yeast, Royal brand baking powder, sugar, flour, margarine, eggs and butter.

Carmen tells us that she is very happy with the support that the foundation has given her and her fellow members so that they can change their lives. The other members of the group are:
María Magdalena – sells clothing
Obdulia – sells livestock
Blanca– sells Mexican snacks
Inés – sells Mexican snacks
María Guadalupe – sells food
Elvira – sells fish
María del Carmen – sells tortillas
Diana del Roció – sells clothing
Clotilde – sells clothing

They give thanks to the foundation for helping all of the women, and above all the single mothers.

In this group: Maria Magdalena, Obdulia , Blanca Luz, Ines , Carmen Cleofas, Maria Guadalupe, Elvira, Maria Del Carmen, Diana Del Rocio , Cleotilde
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong

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