A loan of $4,800 helped a member to buy sweets to sell.

Las Violetas 1 Group's story

This group is called Violetas 1 and is made up of ten hardworking and humble women that make a living doing different economic activities. They are from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, where engraved machetes are made. Pinotepa Nacional means "towards the crumbling hill."

One of the members of the group is fifty-year-old Virginia Ines. She's a happy, humble, and very hardworking woman. Ms. Viki, as she's better known, has made a living selling sweets for four years. She tells us that she loves her job a lot because it took her a lot to grow it. She also sells ice cream treats, potato chips, soft drinks, pork cracklings, and fruit with chile. She sets up her table and merchandise, and as there is an elementary school near her home, children buy sweets from her at recess and stop by to buy sweets after school finished. She really likes to spend time with children and treat them well since they are her biggest customers and they are happy with her. She achieved having this business by first buying soft drinks and a few sweets, and with these earnings she bought more and more sweets. With the help of the foundation she achieved buying more merchandise, sweets, and fruit for the children.

She says that her business leaves her with good earnings. This makes her happy because her job is one of the nicest things she has. She requested the loan to buy more sweets, soft drinks, juice, potato chips, pork cracklings, popcorn, and fruit to sell. She is very happy that the foundation is helping her improve her business and quality of life.

The other members of the group are:

Ines Lourdes, who makes a living selling food.
Alma Rosa, who makes a living selling books.
Margarita, who makes a living selling books.
Maria de Jesus, who makes a living selling bread.
Julia, who makes a living selling sweets.
Mayran Nallely, who makes a living selling curtains.
Laura Catalina, who makes a living selling soft drinks.
Maribel, who makes a living selling clothing.
Esther, who makes a living selling catalogs.

She thanks the foundation for helping all the hardworking women.

In this group: Ines Lourdes , Alma Rosa , Margarita , Maria De Jesus , Julia *, Virginia Ines , Mayran Nallely , Laura Catalina , Maribel , Esther
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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