A loan of $4,550 helped a member to buy groceries to sell.

Jesus Group's story

This group is called Jesús. It is comprised of ten hard-working indigenous people who have the desire to improve themselves, to improve their lives, and to expand their businesses. This way they will be able to give their children a better future.

The members of the group are from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, land of progress and growth. The traditions of Pinotepa are the patron saints and the “Fiesta Quinto Viernes” better known as Holy Week. The games come, and many foreigners come to sell their handicrafts. There are many small businesses in the community, and they reflect their work. The people in Pinotepa wear petticoats and mandils (a type of apron).

Cristina, age 37, is one of the members of this group. She is known for being hard-working and kind. Xochitl, as she is better known by her communal bank colleagues and friends, sells groceries like cookies, soft drinks, coffee, sugar, bread, beans, rice, oil, and chilies. Xochitl tells us that she has a small place where she sells her merchandise and tends to her customers kindly and affectionately. She always tries to have her store stocked so that her customers will find what they are looking for.

Xochitl tells us that what she likes the most about her business is having a store full of merchandise and waiting on her customers well. What she does not like about her business is when she does not have enough money to buy more merchandise and her store is empty.

She tells us that she is very happy because, thanks to God, she has been able to continue her business, and, therefore, she has been able to improve her quality of life. She asked for the loan to buy more groceries to sell. She thanks the Fundación for always giving her the opportunity to be an enterprising woman with hopes and dreams.

The other members of the group are:

Guadalupe- sells typical Mexican snacks
Honoria- sells bread
Silvina- sells soft drinks
Reyna Antolina- sells soft drinks
Maria de Lourdes- sells clothes
Bertoldina Estela- sells groceries
Maria Gloria- sells typical Mexican snacks
Eliézer- sells telephones
Ines Tomasa – sells food

They give thanks to the Fundación for giving them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

In this group: Guadalupe, Honoria, Silvina Cristina, Reyna Antolina, Maria De Lourdes, Xochitl Cristina, Bertoldina Estela, Maria Gloria*, Eliezer, Ines Tomasa
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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