A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy grocery merchandise and stationery.

Piedra Ancha Group's story

This group is called "Piedra Ancha" and consists of eight hardworking and humble women who are originally from a small town called Piedra Ancha. One of the traditions in this town is the Festival of the Virgin of Los Remedios, which is celebrated on February 25th, and the Festival of the Christmas Virgin. All of the festivals are sponsored by the local town councils.

The group representative is Srta. Edith, age 30. She is a friendly, cheerful, and hardworking person. She says that she sells groceries from a shop near her house. Edith sells oil, coffee, sugar, milk, snack foods, cookies, toilet paper, soft drinks, and juices. She says that she started her business by purchasing a little bit of merchandise. With her profits, she bought more and now has a small grocery store. One of her dreams it expand her grocery store even more and open a stationery shop that only sells notepads, pencils, and erasers. Her customers have asked that a stationery shop be set up in their small town since no such business exists. Edith is requesting a loan to buy more grocery merchandise and stationery products that she can sell at retail. She thanks Fundación Realidad for the support that has been given to her so that she can grow her business and help her fellow countrymen.

The other members of the group are as follows:
• Celina sells chickens.
• Maria Luisa sells chickens.
• Pilar sells groceries.
• Eufemia sells Mexican street food.
• Margaritha sells groceries.
• Norberta sells Mexican street food.
• Maria Josefa sells Mexican street food.

They thank Fundación Realidad for supporting women from marginalized towns so that they don't have to worry about their children.

In this group: Celina, Maria Luisa, Pilar, Eufemia, Margarita, Norberta, Maria Josefa, Edith

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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