A loan of $4,625 helped a member to buy salt, sugar, soft drinks, bread, eggs, and milk.

La Luz Del Saber Group's story

The ‘La Luz del Saber’ [The Light of Knowledge] group is located in a very peaceful community that is known for its Mazahuas culture and traditions. The people in this community still speak the mother tongue, Mazahua. The group is comprised of nine people who are very hard-working and responsible people. Ángel, Lilia, Moisés, Filiberta, Ofelia, Isabel, David, and Claudia decided upon the name because for them, upon starting a new loan, they had never had knowledge about the topic.

Gregoria is a member of the group. She is a very happy woman, but above all, she is very hard-working. She is a 58 year old widow. She does not now have any dependent children. However, she is also the one who takes care of her grandson’s expenses.

Gregoria has had a grocery store for 38 years. She started it because there were not any stores where you could buy groceries. That is how Gregoria and her husband decided to set up a grocery store. This time she is requesting the loan to stock her grocery store. She will buy milk, soft drinks, bread, eggs, sugar, and salt, etc. The only difficulty she currently has is the great amount of competition in her community, which has greatly reduced her sales.

Gregoria needs a refrigerator in her store in order to start selling dairy products, yogurt, cream, cheese, and ham, etc. This would help her to increase her profits and, this way, improve her family’s quality of life. Gregoria’s only goal is to have her grocery store full again, to have everything, and to never again tell her customers that she does not have what they are asking for.

Lilia, Moisés, Ángel, Filiberta, Ofelia, and Isabel will buy household products. Aurora will invest in her grocery store. Claudia and David will invest in their taxi.

In this group: Angel , Aurora*, Lilia , Moises, Filiberta, Ofelia, Isabel , David, Claudia Lorena , Gregoria
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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