A loan of $4,050 helped a member to buy corn and provide maintenance for milling equipment.

Los Cisnes Group's story

Adela is a member of the communal bank "Los Cisnes" (the Swans). She has worked and struggled hard since childhood when her parents taught her that work was the way to get ahead. She is 53 years old and claims she bought a corn mill 11 years ago so she could start her own business selling corn meal.

She begins her work in the afternoons when she boils the corn for the next morning when she grinds it. After that she goes out to sell it door-to-door in the communities throughout Tierra Blanca.

Adela says "Before, people used to go to the mill to grind their corn but now they like for me to sell it to them directly at home. Going out door-to-door helps me earn my own income so I can get ahead."

A loan from VisionFund and Kiva will help her buy corn and provide maintenance for her mill so she can continue her sales activity. She hopes her business will continue to prosper so she can lead a better lifestyle.

The other members of the group are:
Teresa, food sales
Ana, jewelry sales
Narcisa, sewing shop
Concepción, grows lemons
Alicia, soda sales
Agripina, food sales
Ana Leidi, clothing sales
Jesús, grows corn, cucumber and beans
Zehen, tortilla sales
Miriam, shoe sales
Alberto, grocery sales

In this group: Ana, Narcisa, Concepcion, Alicia, Agripina, Ana Leidi, Teresa, Adela, Jesús, Zehen*, Miriam*, Jose Alberto
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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