A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy supplies to make snacks and refreshments.

Mujeres En Fuerza Y Unión Group's story

Martha, 39, is from a town called Coatepec, better known as San Andrés, which is its patron saint. She is married to Miguel Angel and they have two children in elementary school. She sells Mexican snacks, such as tacos dorados, enchiladas, pambazos, lunches, different flavored juices, soft drinks and cookies, through a co-op she runs at the school her children attends. She says she has been in business for four years and enjoys the co-op activity because it allows her to be near her children. She tells us that she arrives at school very early in the morning to prepare to lunch for the students and teachers who eat there. Every day she goes to the wholesale market in the nearest town to buy fresh fruit and vegetables to make her delicious meals.

She is requesting a loan to expand her business and buy more sweets and refreshments to have a bit more variety. She only works at the co-op in the morning because there is someone else there in the afternoon, but she wanted to be the person responsible for the business because it is hard work and people advised her to take it over because she is such a good cook. Her goal is to open a small restaurant since she is servicing many people, and hopefully she can make her dream come true one day.

The other members of the group are María de la Luz, María Luisa, María Verónica, Irma María, Mario, Luz María, María del Carmen and Fanny Mercedes. They will use the loan to buy stationery products, seasonal fruit, grocery store items, beauty products and supplies to make Mexican snacks.

In this group: María De La Luz, María Luisa, Martha Alicia, María Verónica, Irma María*, Mario, Luz María, María Del Carmen, Fanny Mercedes
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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