A loan of $6,800 helped a member to purchase chiles, tomatoes, onions, meat, potatoes, eggs, tortillas, corn, cheese, cream, lettuce, beans, oil, soft drinks, and assorted sweets.


15 De Junio (Flat) Group's story

Teresa is 59 years old. She only completed primary school and she lives alone, since her children are already married. She started working as a very young child, and through much effort she managed to raise her children. Currently she sells traditional corn-based Mexican dishes on the weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at a small corridor that she built in front of her home. During the week she also brings out a variety of sweets and pork rinds to sell.

She has been doing this for four years, so the people in town already know her and they also mention she is a very gifted cook, which helps her attract more customers.

Teresa will use this loan to purchase chiles, tomatoes, onions, meat, potatoes, eggs, tortillas, corn, cheese, cream, lettuce, beans, oil, soft drinks, and assorted sweets. She expects her business to prosper from this investment so that she can have a better life.

She belongs to 15 de Junio, which comprises eleven members and is located in the community of Tetela, which is known for being in a sugarcane-producing region. Its people work planting and growing sugarcane. The other members of the group are: Maria Maribel, who has a sewing shop; Maria del Rosario, who sells jewelry and ceramics; Maria, who makes crafts; Cirilo, who sells clothing; Fermin, who is a baker; Maria Josefina, who sells bread; Clara Luz, who sells food; Micaela, who sells lingerie; Maria Santos, who sells clothing; and Denisse, who sells costume jewelry.

Note: The lady in the yellow top is Maria del Rosario's mother and had her picture taken on her daughter's behalf.

In this group: Maria Maribel , Maria Del Rosario *, Maria , Cirilo , Fermin , Maria Josefina, Teresa , Clara Luz , Micaela , Maria Santos, Denisse
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis


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