A loan of $4,450 helped a member to buy equipment for her butcher shop, such as a meat grinder and knives.

Para Siempre Group's story

María Concepción is 36 years old and is married to Guadalupe, who is a teacher. This couple has 3 children: a 14 year-old son and a pair of 6 year-old twins. María Concepción is a merchant; she has a store in the central market where she sells beef. Depending on the quantity of sales she has, there are times when she has to slaughter a cow; this happens about 2 or 3 times a week. María Concepción is planning on improving her business; she already has 3 people who help her do the slaughtering. After 5 years of experience, one of her main goals is to have more cows on reserve, and to buy some equipment that is used in her business, which is a meat grinder to make ground meat, and a machine to cut the meat.

María Concepción is a member of the group "Para Siempre," which is made up of 11 people who will be mentioned below, along with their economic activity. They are: Paula, who sells food; Jorgina, who sells bread, María Concepción, who sells meat; Quintana, who sells bread; Itzel, who sells food; Danelia, who sells woven leather sandals for men and women; Norma, who sells groceries; Eridia, who sells cosmetics; Celsa, who sells shoes; Ma de Rocio, who sells chilate (a corn-based beverage); and Ricarda, who sells sweets and clothing.

In this group: Jorgina, Ricarda, Quintina , Ma Del Rocio, Eridia, Celsa , Danelia, Norma , Itzel, María Concepción, Paula*

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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