A loan of $6,175 helped a member to buy ingredients to make Mexican food and snacks.

Gardenias Group's story

Lucina, 38, is married to Eduardo and has two children. Her oldest child is sponsored by World Vision Mexico. For two years, Lucina has been working for the cooperative primary school in her community. Her town is located in an indigenous area within the limits of the state of Michoacán, Mexico, a beautiful place with pretty landscapes that can be seen surrounding the community.

She says that in the cooperative, she makes lunches as well as Mexican "antojitos" (corn-based snacks) such as tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, pambazos, and flavored water, which she sells to students and teachers at the primary school. She says that she is going to stock up with the ingredients she buys in the city of Zitacuaro, because in the central supply store she can find better prices and then earn a profit. She also says that she sells sweets and soft drinks in different flavors, and that she is applying for this loan to buy ingredients to make the food and "antojitos" which she will sell to the schoolchildren.

She says that she cooks the meat, makes sauces and slices and disinfects tomatoes, onions, and lettuce one day early. Very early the next day, she makes the stews and antojitos so that she can be ready to sell her food during the recess at 9:30. She also sells food during the lunch hour, at 2pm, and during the recess for students in the evening shift at 4pm. She says that she has two girls who help her to serve the food because she can't keep up by herself. She is grateful for this loan because she can stock her business and she will have the ingredients to make her food.

The other members of the group are Domitila, Gabriela, Eriqueta, Martha, Laura, Sebastiana, Ivon and Hilda. They will use this loan to buy ingredients for Mexican antojitos, to buy materials to embroider tablecloths and napkins to sell, to buy sheep and the feed to raise and sell them, to buy goods to stock a grocery store, and to buy feed for chickens and turkeys to raise and sell them.

In this group: Domitila, Gabriela, Enriqueta, Martha, Laura, Sebastiana, Lucina, Ivon, Hilda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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