A loan of $7,175 helped a member to purchase materials like bricks.

Aves De Paraíso Group's story

Doña Socorro is 51 years old. She has several children but only one of them lives with her and he studies at the university in Morelia. For 20 years she has worked selling construction materials in her home as she has a spacious piece of land. She sells cement, tiles, bricks, cinder blocks, rods, construction tools, shovels, pickaxes, trowels, sand, gravel, lime, etc. She says that she purchases most of the materials in the city of Toluca where they bring the materials to her business. Right now she is requesting a loan for the purchase of materials like bricks which are what she sells most and which are supplied in some towns that are dedicated to making this construction material. They sell it to her by the thousand. She goes for the bricks as far as the town of Colonia Nueva de San Felipe since they give her low prices.

She says that she is very happy and satisfied with the large business that she has since it is the only one that can leave an inheritance for her children. She is also happy because she is in a group called “Birds of Paradise” since all of the people that comprise it are responsible and help one another. The other members of the group are Isela, María Remedios, Cirenia, Yaquelin, Marcela, Sandra, Florencio and Maribel. They will invest in their businesses of a candy store, in the purchase of supplies to make tortillas by hand and sell them, in the purchase of items to invest in a grocery store, in the purchase of wood and material to make wooden boxes for fruit, in the purchase of feed for animals for sale and in the purchase of popsicles for sale.

In this group: Isela, Maria Remdios, Cirenia, Socorro, Yaquelin, Marcela*, Sandra, Florencio, Maribel
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings

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