A loan of $3,375 helped a member to buy spoons, plates, blender jars, etc.

Rayito De Sol Group's story

The “Rayito de Sol” (Little Ray of Sunshine) group is comprised of nine, responsible, hardworking women who strive always to move their families forward. These women live in a community where people in addition to growing corn also work in commerce; it’s a small, very tranquil place. The name of the group was chosen because when they joined together one of the members had a children’s musical group called “Rayito de Sol.”

Elena, 40, who is a member of this group, relates that she’s been married to Israel for 20 years; they have formed a family and have two children attending school. Elena has been selling blender jars and cleaning supplies for 20 years having started her activity when she married her husband, Israel. Elena commented: “I started selling these items because I wanted to somehow help my husband with household expenses, especially for my children, so they would have a better quality of life and a good education.”

Elena has always enjoyed selling her products because when she does well she’s able to buy food, clothes and shoes for her children. The only difficulty is when the authorities in charge prevent them from going outside the market to sell their wares because this affects their profits. This hasn’t stopped her though; her goal has always been to have an established stand somewhere in order not to have to walk so much. Elena would like to improve her children’s quality of life.

The same as Elena, the other group members also have their activities. Florentina will buy stock merchandise for her store, Juana will buy robes and aprons, Eufemia and Carolina will buy television controls, Paula and Guadalupe will buy blender jars and Josefina will buy shawls and wraps.

In this group: Guadalupe , Eufemia, Florentina , Juana , Josefina, Paula , Carolina , Elena , Elvira

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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