A loan of $4,650 helped a member to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Guadalupe De Reyes Group's story

Crecencia is one of the “Guadalupe de Reyes” group members. She’s 62 years old. She never went to school because she says that back then school was only for boys and the girls stayed home to learn how to do domestic chores. She’s married to Cristino and they currently live alone because their children are all married. Crecencia relates that since she was little her parents taught her to work and even though her husband provides for their home she always looks for ways to help him since the economic situation is worse every day.

A little over ten years ago, Crecencia opened a small home-based grocery store to help her husband with the intention of earning a little extra money and because there are practically no stores in her neighborhood and this helps her sales to increase. She’s open every day from very early on and she always likes to keep her store well stocked with a little bit of everything so that her customers will always find what they are looking for and will return to make their purchases; she also tells us that she enjoys providing good service in order to win over customers.

She will invest the loan in the purchase of cooking oil, canned food, beans, rice, soft-drinks, candy, Sabritas [brand of snacks], sweet bread, cookies, salt, sugar, mayonnaise, soap and chlorine bleach to stock her store. She hopes that with this investment her business will continue to progress thus having a better quality of life.

The other group members are:

Deodora-clothing sales
Joaquín-iron work
Arturo-construction work
Alberta-fast-food snack sales
Rosa-fast-food snack sales
Amelia-chicken sales
Esperanza-chicken sales
Dorotea-fast food snack sales
Natalia-grocery sales
Antonio-corn farming
María de Jesus-clothing sales
Cristina-soft-drink sales

In this group: Joel*, Crecencia, Juaquin, Arturo, Alberta, Rosa Valeria, Amelia, Deodora, Esperanza, Dorotea, Natalia, Antonio, Maria De Jesus, Cristina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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