A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy fruits, vegetables, and other items for a small grocery/general store, such as: tomatoes, chile peppers, onions, potatoes, eggs, beans, rice, chocolate, sugar, salt, matches, light bulbs, cooking oil, soups, soft drinks, plantains, toilet paper, tuna, sardines, chiles in vinegar, and other necessities.


Las Palomas Group's story

Don Tomas is 47 years old and is originally from a Mazahua indigenous community. The community is adjacent to the boundaries of Michoacán State in Mexico. It is not very easy to access the community, because there is almost no transportation to the town and one has to walk to catch the microbus that passes by. Don Tomas is part of a group called Las Palomas ('The Doves'). He says it is the first time he has joined a lending group. He is asking for this loan because he has a small grocery and supply store in his community, and would like to stock the store using this money. Every week he goes to the town of Zitacuaro to buy vegetables and other items to sell so his store is well-stocked and customers in his community do not have to waste their time traveling to get what they need. Don Tomas says he will use the loan money to buy tomatoes, chile peppers, onions, potatoes, eggs, beans, rice, chocolate, sugar, salt, matches, light bulbs, cooking oil, soups, soft drinks, plantains, toilet paper, tuna, sardines, chiles in vinegar, and other necessities. The credit will help him improve his business, which is the only well-stocked store in the community. His dream is to make his shop a little bigger so that the products fit better. The other members of his lending group are called Virginia, Susana, Angelina, Maria Regina, Fernanda, Carmen, Celia, Bulmaro, Esperanza, and Marcia. They will invest their portions of the loan money in items for their businesses, such as buying a horse for working plots of land, purchasing sheep and food for the sheep, buying a cow for milking, and buying men's and women's clothing, sweets, and other items for sale.

In this group: Virginia, Susana, Angelina, Maria Regina, Fernanda, Carmen, Celia, Bulmaro, Esperanza, Tomas, Marcia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Wegmann


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