A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy stuffed animals, dairy products, perfumes and toys.

Huepalcalco Group's story

This communal bank is called "Huepalcalco" and its members are: Rogelia, who plans to use her loan to buy whole-wheat bread, jam, and pork cheese; Ricarda, who will buy bedspreads, coverlets, and Avon perfumes and cosmetics; Francisca, who will buy avocados and peaches; Carmela, who wants to buy soap, sugar, eggs, soups, and canned goods; Carmen, who plans to buy cold meats, chili peppers, ham, mayonnaise and vegetables; and Brenda Lizbeth, who will to buy tomatoes, chili peppers, onions and fruit.

Carmen, 43, lives with her common-law husband and two daughters, one of whom works and the other is studying to be an engineer. She sells gifts, cakes, dairy products, yoghurt and gelatin. She has requested the loan to buy merchandise such as stuffed animals, dairy products, perfumes and toys. She started her business 20 years ago. Her husband works in a creamery and is paid in merchandise. The business is important because she enjoys treating her customers well and with kindness, and earn an income. She is pround to have her own business and be able to help the family economy. She uses her profits to buy food and reinvest in her business. The loan she is requesting will give her the opportunity to buy new gift merchandise for Mother's Day, followed by Teacher's Day and Children's Day. Her goal is to open a shop window to display her goods, and through much effort and God's help, see her daughter finish her degree. The members of the group want to express to Kiva and the Fundación Realidad: "Thanks for the loans that will help us meet our goals; and please continue granting the loans so we can grow our business and help our families".

In this group: Rogelia , Ricarda, Francisca, Carmela, Carmen, Brenda Lizbeth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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