A loan of $4,175 helped a member to buy tuna, sardines, chili peppers in vinegar, cooking oil, rice, sugar, ground cinnamon, cornstarch, soups, jelly, toilet paper, lentils, chicken seasonings, etc., for a grocery store.

Sagrado Corazón Group's story

Carolina is a happy, hardworking, entrepreneur. She is 43 years old. She is originally from a picturesque community called Curungueo. She is part of the Sacred Heart group, named after the patron saint of the community. She has a grocery store in a place close to the road. She started the business 18 years ago because her community at the time had no equivalently well stocked store. She didn't want people to have to pay to travel to another location to shop.

In August, she makes wreaths for the dead as it is a tradition in November to decorate the graves of the dead. She makes the wreaths and sells them in a grocery store and sends others to her husband who has a glassworks in the village of Zitacuaro.

Carolina is requesting a loan to purchase non-perishable groceries such as tuna, sardines, pickled chillies, cooking oil, rice, sugar, ground cinnamon, cornstarch, soups, jellies, toilet paper, lentils, poultry seasonings, etc. She wants to improve the selection in her store so that her customers do not go elsewhere to shop. Her goal is to own her own shop so that she no longer has to pay rent.

The other group members include Laura, Yrene, and María Cristina. They will use loan proceeds to buy different brands of shoes to sell, to purchase building materials for sale, and to stock a grocery store.

In this group: Carolina, Laura, Yrene, María Cristina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kara Gibson

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