A loan of $4,600 helped a member to purchase blender jars, cutlery, clotheslines, cleaning clothes, etc.

Asaf Group's story

The “Asaf” group is made up only of women who are very hardworking and responsible. They live in a small and very peaceful area where the people earn their living growing corn. The group's members tell the story that they chose the name because they got it from the Bible. They are not entirely sure what it means, but they like it. It has to do with an evangelical name and the members believe it was a person who organized musicians. They tell us that the place where they live, San Agustín Mextepec, celebrates the day the evangelist came to the place.

Doña Agustina, who is one of the group's representatives, says that she is 54 years old and has been married for forty years to Juan who works in the countryside although he is also a merchant. Doña Agustina earns a living selling household products and mentions that she began by selling from neighborhood to neighborhood, carrying the products in her arms, but now her situation has changed since she has some very well-established stands. Doña Agustina has requested the loan in order to purchase more merchandise such as blender jars, knives, scissors, clotheslines, gloves, buckets, brushes, etc.

Agustina comments that the difficulty that presents itself is when the delegates, or leaders of the plaza, don't allow her to sell as she wishes since if one doesn't sell for two or three days they may take one's spot away.

Doña Agustina would like her two daughters, although they are still in school, to practice the profession they like the most. For example, her daughter Diana would like to be a nurse or doctor, and her other daughter, Esmeralda, would like to be a teacher in order to instruct children. Agustina says that she will help them as much as she can. She also would like for the kitchen she hired someone to build to be finished soon so she may try it out for the first time.

The group's other members are: Raquel who will invest in blender jars, Maria Angelica who will invest in blender jars and bases, Felisa who will purchase canvas of various sizes and colors, Emma who will invest in sewing supplies and Norma in blender jars and sewing supplies.

They are all very grateful and happy to have received the loan.

In this group: Raquel, Felisa, María Angélica, Agustina, Emma, Norma

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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