A loan of $4,925 helped a member to buy flour.


Guadalupe Cote Group's story

The “Guadalupe Cote” group belongs to a very small community where most people know each other. They are a Mazahua community who preserve their mother tongue and their traditional clothing is very colourful and attractive. To get to the community it is only possible to go by special transport or on foot since the bus only goes a couple of times a day at strange times. The group is made up of 5 women who are good friends and have known each other for several years. Leticia or 'Lety' is 35 years old and has been married to Alejandro for 16 years. Together they have 2 children who are still at school. For the last 10 years Lety has earned a living baking bread. She says she decided to go into this business as her in-laws were also bakers. Lety, her husband and other family members make the bread in a very small room where they have an oven. The whole process is done by hand and they have no tools. Every day Lety and her relatives can be found making their bread. The bread making process is very laborious and while they are working the oven needs to be very hot so that it is ready for the bread to go in. To make the bread they need to weigh the flour in order to calculate the quantity of sugar. They only use flour and sugar mixed with water to make their bread rolls. Lety said: " Our difficulties are the lack of tools to make our work easier, the price of flour is very expensive as well and the price of sugar is going up a lot." For these reasons the loan which Lety, Silvia, Irene, Aracely and Cristina are asking for from Kiva and Vision Fund will help them a great deal since they will be able to buy flour and sugar for making the bread. The celebration of the Day of the Dead is approaching and this is when they sell the most and have already secured orders. They are very happy and grateful because their loan will help them a lot and more so because their profits will be good. Lety's dream is to continue supporting her children in their schooling so that they can have a professional career.

In this group: Leticia, Silvia, Irene, Aracely, Cristina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally


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