A loan of $3,750 helped a member to invest in the purchase of more merchandise such as: soft drinks, milk, eggs, oil, rice, beans, sugar, nescafe, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.


La Capillita Group's story

This group is called La Capillita. The members of the group decided to name it this because close to their town there is a small Virgin of Guadalupe chapel. This is the story of Mrs. Julia, one of the members of the group. She is 55 years old and married to Mr. Paulo who works in the countryside. They have 3 children whom are already married. She has a small grocery store which she has been working for the last 25 years. She lives in the community of Cuajinicuilapa. This is the community where the "Museum of Afro-Mestizo" cultures is located, which was previously known as the "Museum of the Third Race". This is the first museum in Mexico dedicated to the descendents of the African slaves in Mexico and their history.

Mrs. Julia decided to start with this business because one of her sons who lives abroad suggested it and supported her so that she could start the small store. She will invest her loan into the purchase of more merchandise such as: soft drinks, milk, eggs, oil, rice, beans, sugar, nescafe, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.

The dream that she has is to continue investing in her business so that she can increase the size of her store. She was also thinking of starting to sell corn, in addition to buying another refrigerator and two more shelves to display more merchandise.

She mentions that she appreciates Fundacion Realidad and Kiva for their support and the loan which they are providing. Thanks to the loan her business will start to improve, and so will her life and that of her family as well.

The members of the group and the activities that they participate in consist of the following: Lourdes - sells cheese; Maximina- sweet shop; Leonila - sells corn; Julia- groceries; Gracias - sells soft drinks; Maria Isabel- sells chicken; Elizabeth - sells shoes; Reyna - butcher shop; Alfredo - soft drink store.

In this group: Lourdes, Maximina, Leonila, Julia, Graciela, Maria Isabel, Elizabeth, Reyna, Alfredo

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hannah Naomi Katz


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