A loan of $5,575 helped a member to buy maize, gas, firewood, sweets, beverages, bread, milk, eggs and canned goods.


El Calvario Group's story

The group "El Calvario" (the Calvary) is made up of 9 members, all hard working women. The group meets on a hill where one can enjoy the sun in the afternoons. The group name was chosen by the members because where they live there is a chapel that is also named El Calvario and its there that the crucifixion of Jesus is honored during Holy Week. Doña Elia, who is the representative of the group, is 50 years old, married to Mr. Juan since she was 29 years old and together they have a family of daughters and sons. Currently they have only one child that is no longer in school but still depends on them. Doña Elia has a tortilleria and a grocery store. She started the tortilleria a year ago and it has no name. She frequently has difficulties buying corn meal, gas and firewood because of the high prices. These are essential items for the running of her tortilla making business. She tells us that it was her mother that taught her how to make tortillas. She also learned how to make the cooked maize for the tortillas. Her store has been operating for 6 years. She started it with her husband, who gave her a lot of support and encouraged her to open the business. She currently has some competition but she is not discouraged by it, on the contrary, it has supported her decision to open the tortilleria. At this time she is requesting a loan to buy maize, gas, firewood and sweets to supply her grocery store. She comments that the loan helps her a lot since when she receives it she can stock up and does not need to purchase items every week. Her goal is to continue to grow her two businesses, especially the store as she plans to leave it to one of her daughters so that she can have financial security. She uses her income to buy food, shoes and cover some household expenses. This is of great help to her husband because they do not have to worry as much when he does not have work. Doña Elia and the group are very grateful for the chance to invest the loan into their businesses. Luisa, Margarita, Petra, and María Guadalupe will buy sheep to raise and fatten up for later resale; Doña Enriqueta will buy turkeys to also fatten up and resell; whereas Cristal will invest in perfumes, hardware and bedspreads. Finally, María Elena will buy popsicles and Alberta will purchase clothing for men and women to later sell.

In this group: Petra, Alberta *, Cristal , María Guadalupe , Enriqueta , María Elena , Elia Ana , Luisa , Margarita
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Bobbit


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