A loan of $1,700 helped a member to buy blender goblets and to stock his small shop which sells bread, cold drinks and sweets.

Flor De Cempazúchitl Group's story

The Flor de Cempazuchitl [Yellow Marigold] group is a village, the majority of whose inhabitants speak the Mazahua language. The group is made up of six members, all of whom have a business: Artemio and Martha invest in sheep, Teresa in pigs, Jacinto in blender goblets and Abel in chickens. It was these same members who chose the name of the group, because the representative in whose house they meet grew cempazuchitl flowers, which are used to decorate offerings on the Day of the Dead or are placed on tombs. One of the group's members, Alfredo, is a 39-year-old man who is obviously very responsible and always cheerful, whatever the circumstances. He is married to María del Carmen, with whom he has had 7 children, only 3 of whom are currently still dependent on him. Alfredo is applying for this loan as he is in the plastics trade; in fact, he has six years' experience of selling blender goblets. Every 8 or 15 days, when he needs stock, he goes to a nearby village called San Agustín Mextepec when he stocks up with what he needs. He goes from door to door trying to sell his goods and, occasionally, sells them at the street market. He decided to set up his business as a means of supporting his family after his job in Mexico City finished and he was left unemployed. "The only problem is almost always lack of money" says Alfredo, who says that he also grows vegetables, mainly coriander, radishes, cauliflowers and broccoli. Alfredo is a very hardworking and responsible person who needs a financial boost. A loan from Kiva would undoubtedly help him tremendously as his previous loan enabled him to set up a small shop where he sells essentials. He is very happy with his achievement since it is a way of improving the quality of life of his children and wife who still depend on him.

In this group: Alfredo, Abel , Teresa , Martha , Artemio, Jacinto

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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