A loan of $925 helped a member to buy ingredients.

San Judas (Flat) Ahorros Group's story

Martha, 33, is another member of San Judas Group. She's a single mother and has three small children, Jorge, José, and Jesús, who currently attend elementary and secondary school.

Martha says she decided to invest in her own business four years ago because she didn't want to neglect her children while working. So she decided to set up a small stand in her home to sell Mexican snacks (empanadas, tostadas, sandwiches, potatoes) on the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) to earn her own income and improve her children's lives.

She says that because she has the time to do this job she has attracted good customers who spend in her business. She decided on this business because food always sells and she likes to cook.

Martha hopes this loan helps her buy masa, oil, beans, tortillas, cream, cheese, lettuce, chicken and beef, chili peppers, potatoes, onion, tomatoes, and garlic so she can continue selling.

Martha would like to continue making progress with her business in the future so her children will keep on going to school.

The other members of the group are Ana Guadalupe, who sells groceries; Clarissa, who sells snacks; and Nicolás, who raises pigs.

In this group: Ana Guadalupe, Clarissa , Martha Patricia , Nicolas

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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