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A loan of $6,675 helped a member purchase flour, butter, eggs, milk, firewood, sugar, colorings and creams.

Nueva Vida Group's story

Alejandra is single and lives with her parents. She has a bakery business making bread. She makes all different kinds of bread, but what she sells the most are conchas (a kind of sweet bread), croissants and rolls. She gets up very early in the morning (4am) with her parents in order to make her delicious breads and when the bread is ready, she puts it in baskets to sell to the people of Zitacuaro, at the central bus station and the central area to purchase groceries. She says that every since she was small, her parents taught her how to make bread and since she wasn't able to go to more school, she decided to help her parents make and sell bread. She says that 7 years ago she branched out on her own and now she makes her own bread and she sells it on her own. And even though her father lets her use his oven, she buys her own firewood and supplies to make her bread.

She is asking for a loan with Visión Fund in order to improve her business and to purchase more supplies she needs in order to make bread. If she gets the loan, she will use it to purchase flour, butter, egg, milk, sugar, colorings and creams since she makes breads with different flavors and different leavening. She says that she would like to get the loan as soon as possible so that she can make more bread. She says she is happy working with the group Nueva Vida (New Life) because it is a group that gets things done and repays their loans on time, also, when one group member can't make their loan payment, the group comes together to find the funds to help that individual.

The other members of the group are Marivel, Laura, María del Rocio, Rocío del Carmen, Gerardo Ángel, Alejandro, María Catalina, María Elena, Ofelia and Francisco, they will invest their loans in purchasing supplies to make and sell hand-made tortillas, purchase mattresses and sheets, candies to resell in a grocery store, to purchase parts to maintain a public transportation vehicle and to purchase sweet corn and supplies to prepare the corn and sell it.

*In the picture: behind the lady in red is her daughter who is not a member of the group.

In this group: Laura, Marivel, Rocio Del Carmen, Alejandro, Maria Catalina, Maria Del Rocio, Gerardo Angel, Maria Elena, Ofelia, Alejandra, Francisco

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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