A loan of $5,325 helped a member to buy sugar, oil, rice, eggs, beverages, soups, chips, soap, shampoo, toilet paper.

Cuautomatitla Group's story

The new members are Nicolasa, who is going to buy flowers with her loan, Virginia, who is going to buy cold cuts, beverages, and mayonnaise, Roberta, who is going to buy pears and avocados, and Sahara, who is going to buy sugar, oil and beverages. The other members continue in the activities that they have been doing. Josefa is 44 years old, married and has 7 children, 4 girls and 3 boys. Her sons are married and 1 of her daughters is in preschool, another in elementary school and the another in high school. She has a small grocery store and has asked for her loan to buy merchandise such as sugar, oil, rice, eggs, beverages, chips, soap, brooms, etc. She started her business 14 years ago out of necessity, to make more money. She started small selling a few beverages and bread and grew little by little. Her business is important because it helps with the household expenses. She is proud to have her own business and she likes to sell, serving her customers in a friendly way so they return to her business. She uses the earnings to re-invest and for the expenses for her daughters who are in school. She is happy with the loan that she is going to receive and she is going to buy merchandise for her small grocery store so she can offer better service to her customers. Her hopes and dreams are to have another business selling clothes and for her children to have their own business as well. The members of the group want to tell Kiva and the Fundación Realidad “we thank you for trusting us, since without knowning us you lend to us. Thanks to you we have been able to make our businesses grow and live better with our families."

In this group: Emiliana, Josefa, Francisca, Juana , Flaviana, Gemma, Clara, Carlos, Petra, Maria Isabel, Nicolasa, Virginia, Roberta, Sahara*, Dionisia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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