A loan of $1,925 helped a member to stock their businesses.

Familia Hesiquio Group's story

Familia Hesiquio is a family and they chose this name because it’s the family’s last name. The group is made up of three members who live in a Mazahua community, known for having a very beautiful surrounding of trees. They meet in a place that can only be reached on foot. The most celebrated festival is on June 25 where they celebrate Santa Ana. Gilberto, who represents the group, tells us that his nickname is Beto. He is 57 years old and was a teacher, but now he is retired and has been married to Aurelia for 33 years. They formed a family with their children, of whom only one still lives with them. He is their dependent and attends school.

Beto is asking for a Kiva loan through Vision Fund in order to buy grocery goods to stock his store. He says that he started it 15 years ago because there was only one road to get to the other side of town and there were many people on it, so he decided to set up his store. “I started by setting up a table an some boxes to show my products, however over time I saw a need to buy new shelves and refrigerators to be able to sell cold cuts and also some cold soft drinks.”

After some time they closed the road and built a fence, which caused his sales to drop in Beto’s store. This is when he decided to buy another house in another part of the community, where his store is now located. Beto’s challenge is the competition, but this situation does not discourage him. It’s quite the opposite, so he is asking for a loan so he can buy more merchandise. He feels that if he has a bit of everything in his store, he will attract more customers. Beto’s dream is to have a well-stocked store. “I don’t like it when the customers leave with nothing in their hands and then shop at another establishment.” Aurelia will buy clothing and his daughter will invest in her shoe store.

In this group: Gilberto, Aurelia, Aurelia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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