A loan of $7,175 helped a member to buy cheese and fish.

La Bugambilia Group's story

Justina, 55, is a widow and has three daughters: Soemi, 17 and attending school at Conalep, Iris Meli, in 9th grade and lastly, Silvia who is 4 years old. She is a merchant; she sells cheese and Tupperware. She’s been selling cheese for 15 years already. She buys the cheese and then goes out to her neighbors’ houses in the town to resell it. Justina will use the loan to buy cheese and plastic dinnerware via catalogue. She says that she does well with her cheese sales and hopes she will do better. She’d like it if her business grew more with the Tupperware sales.

Justina belongs to the “La Bugambilia” group. They named their group thus because there is a bougainvillea flower plant in the house they meet in. The group has 16 members who are women committed to work and get ahead every day with their businesses. Following we mention: Regina, Evangelista, Anita, Eyely, Guillermina, Eymar, María, Felipa, Victoria, Felicitas, Maria, Paula, Justina, Roció, Evancia and Viridiana. They all have their own commercial activities like groceries, ice-cream, chickens, fish, cheese, bread, turnovers, bread rolls, fruit, vegetables, etc.

In this group: Regina *, Evanagelista , Anita , Eyely , Guillermina*, Eymar, Maria , Felipa , Victoria , Felicitas , Maria Luisa , Paula , Justina, Rocio, Evencia *, Viridiana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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