A loan of $6,975 helped a member to buy perfume to resell.

Agua De La Caña Group's story

This group is called “Agua de Caña” (Sugarcane Water) and it’s composed of three humble, cheerful, very hardworking women who want to improve their lives and give their children a better future. The members of this group are from a town called Agua de Caña. Just before arriving at Agua de Caña there is a river that belongs to Pinotepa called Río de Arena that’s closer to the community of Agua de Caña than it is to Pinotepa. The town of Agua de Caña is very small but it’s quite beautiful because there are many green trees, much water and very large trees called “parotas;” it’s very cool and there are many animals like pigs, dogs and little goats. One of Agua de Caña’s traditions is the “Mayordomías” [series of religious festivities] and the town’s festival that take place each May 3rd.

One of the group members is Porfiria, a very kind and cheerful, 49-year-old woman. Porfiria has been selling perfume for five years and she tells us that what she likes best about her business is going out to sell house to house and chatting with her customers because while she’s chatting away with one and another, they buy perfume.

What she doesn’t like about her business is that some of her customers take their time to pay her and this makes her sad because she can’t earn her profits. One of her challenges is that sometimes she does not have money to invest in the purchase of more merchandise that she sometimes runs out of quickly.

One of her dreams is to have a perfume shop in her community so that when her customers come by to buy they will feel comfortable and will be able to choose their perfumes.

Porfiria is a widow and has five children who are married and are called: Daniel, Nayeli, Andrea, Yomara and Andrés.

Porfiria requested the loan to buy more perfumes to sell at retail. She thanks the Fundación for the opportunities it’s given to improve their lives and have their own businesses.

The other group members are:

Inocencia- sells shoes
Alicia- sells chickens
Yolanda- sells traditional Mexican fast-food snacks
Teresa- sells traditional Mexican fast-food snacks
Andrea- sells fruit and vegetables
Margarita- catalogue sales
Dolores- carpentry and furniture sales
Maribel- clothes sales
Adriana- sells traditional Mexican fast-food snacks
Lizbeth- meat sales
Adelfa- grocery sales
Maria Elena- sells traditional Mexican fast-food snacks

They thank the Fundación for helping people who don’t have resources to start businesses and a better life.

In this group: Inocencia, Alicia, Porfiria, Yolanda, Teresa, Andrea, Margarita, Dolores, Maribel, Adriana Elizabeth, Lizbeth Areli*, Adelfa, Maria Elena
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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