A loan of $3,675 helped a member to buy rice, beans, oil, canned products, cookies, sweets, chips, sodas, juices, soup, soap, and toilet paper.


1Ero De Mayo Group's story

Alejo is one of the members of the 1Ero de Mayo [1st of May] group. He has been working in business for 7 years. He says he has always lived in the same district and this is where he decided to open a grocery shop, with the intention of providing a service to his neighbours and earning his own money. He says he began by just selling soft drinks and sweets and gradually the shop has grown and currently is a grocery store. He thinks what makes his shop different is the good service and his prices. He also says that various shops have opened up in the district but they haven't worked out. His has kept going because he knows how to run the business and have patience. What he likes most about his business is that every day he has contact with people and he has made good friendships.

A loan from VisionFund and Kiva will help him to buy beans, oil, drinks, soup, rice, sweets, cookies, canned products, chips and juices to stock his business. He hopes that with this investment his business will have a better variety of products to attract more customers and increase his profits.

The other members of the group are:

Araceli: sells "antojitos" [Mexican snacks] Braulia: sells clothing Adela: sells footwear and lingerie Luis Ricardo: pharmacy Estela: knitwear Rosa Isela: sells clothing Mónica: sells food Selene: nutrition club

In this group: Braulia, Adela, Luis Ricardo , Estela, Alejo, Rosa Isela, Monica Janet, Selene, Araceli*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally


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