A loan of $3,225 helped a member to buy milk, bread, eggs, soft drinks, tinned goods etc.


Barrio La Cañada Group's story

The "Barrio La Canada" ( La Cañada district ) group is made up of six extremely hardworking women who all share the same determination to excel in their businesses and support their families. They have known each other for a number of years and during this time they have built up a close and sincere friendship. They live in a Mazahua community where some people still communicate in their native language. Nowadays very few women still wear the typical local dress which is characterised by very bright colours. Something very characteristic of the community where the group is based is its very green pasture land and the beautiful scenery of wooded hills. Adriana, who is 26, is one member of the group. She was only educated to secondary level and is known for being very cheerful and always in a good mood. She lives with Angel, who works as a bricklayer, and together they have built a family of five children, two of who are still in education. Adriana has had a grocery shop for 4 years now. She is seeking a loan to buy more groceries such as bread, eggs, milk, soft drinks, tinned goods etc. Adriana says that she set up the grocery shop because where she lives there was no shop to buy anything. She says that the loan has enabled her to keep her grocery shop going; she always tries to stock a bit of everything so as to keep her customers happy. Her shop is doing very well and she makes good profits as she makes sales every day. Her only problem is the fact that she has no fridge because her previous one broke down, meaning that she will not be able to sell soft drinks or dairy products for a while. She will now have to save up to pay for the fridge to be repaired. Adriana hopes that her profits will not fall because her one ambition in life is to manage to get a bigger shop and turn it into a general store. Adriana says: "I also want to help my children study for a professional career to improve their quality of life". The members of the group are grateful because the loan will be useful for their economic activities and will perhaps help them increase their profits and extend their businesses. Irma and María Elsa will invest in their grocery shops; Zenaida and Irene will invest in chickens; and Carmen will invest in sheep.

In this group: Irma , Zenaida, Irene, Maria Elsa, Adriana, Carmen
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield


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