A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy rice, beans, sugar, oil, salt, soap, bleach, sweets, soft drinks, juices, chiles, tomatoes, onions, and canned goods.


Las Limonarias Group's story

The Limonarias group has 11 members, who are a very happy and friendly bunch. This group is located in a sugar-cane region, and its members work in the fields, harvesting and cultivating cane; the whole population speaks the Mazateco language. Juana is one of the group's members. She is 40 years old. She studied to high-school level. She is married to Federico, who works in the fields, and they have two children: Federico, 19, and Juan Carlos, 17, who are also working.

Doña Juana says that a bit more than 10 years ago, she decided to open her own business selling groceries to gain some extra money and thereby help her husband with the household expenses. Juana's business is located in a little shop next to their house, where she sells groceries, vegetables, soft drinks, and sweets.

Doña Juana says that over the years, she has gained many clients, and for this reason she always likes to keep her shop well stocked. That way, her clients can always find what they are looking for. She will use this loan to buy rice, beans, sugar, oil, salt, soap, bleach, sweets, soft drinks, juices, chiles, tomatoes, onions, and canned goods with which to restock her shop.

She hopes this loan will help her business to keep growing, as she will to invest her earnings in buying more merchandise.

The other members of the group are:

Paola, groceries Carmen, clothing Maria Magdalena, soft drinks Margarita, snacks Francisca, housewares Felipa, bakery Juliana, soft drinks Cevero, bicycle workshop Flora, sweets Roberta, soft drinks

In this group: Juana , Paola , Carmen , Maria Magdalena , Margarita , Francisca, Felipa, Juliana, Severo , Flora , Roberta
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ross Forman


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