A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy a variety of chilies, chocolate, peanuts, plantains, tortillas, bread, oil, fat and sesame seeds for her mole sauce.

Progreso Group's story

There are twelve women in the group called “Progress”. Each one has a different job. They are all working in order to provide their families with a better quality of life. These women are: Laura who sells milk, Sweet Maria who sells clothes, Rita who sells pork, Susana who sells mole sauce, Martina who sells tamales, Ruperta who grinds corn and sells cornmeal, Virginia who sells tamales, Isabel who sells cosmetics and shoes, Marlu who sells shoes and Sindy who sells sweets.
Susana is 45 years old. She has studied in secondary school. She is married to Alberto, who works as a driver and they have two children. For the past seven years she has been selling mole sauce. She wanted to help her husband with their household expenses and provide a better quality of life for her children. She also decided to begin this business as their economic situation was very difficult and their wasn’t enough money to get ahead. Mrs. Susana’s mother taught her how to make mole sauce. It is delicious and she decided to start a business selling it. Mrs. Susana gets up very early in order to make her mole and she sells it door to door to her friends and neighbors. Sometimes her customers come to her house to buy her sauce. This gives her a lot of pride as it tells her they like her mole. This gives her more energy to continue working and she feels proud. She needs this loan in order to buy a variety of chilies, chocolate, peanuts, plantains, tortillas, bread, oil, fat and sesame seeds. These are all the ingredients she needs to prepare her mole sauce. Mrs. Susana hopes that with this credit her business will proper and that she can offer her children a better life.

In this group: Laura , Dulce María , Rita , Susana , Martina , Ruperta , Virginia , Isabel , Araceli , Lizbeth , Marlu , Sindy Cristal

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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