A loan of $4,675 helped a member to buy groceries such as milk, sugar, detergent, soft drinks, etc.

Mujeres Mazahuas Group's story

Mujeres Mazahuas (Mazahuas Women) is a group of friendly and very hard-working individuals, who always show a huge amount of enthusiasm to carry out any activity. They have known one another for many years, and their friendship is a very strong bond. When a problem arises, they all support one another to resolve it in the best way possible. The members of the group live in a Mazahua community which is known for growing corn.

They chose the name of the group because when the group was first created all of the members were women, and although there are now two men they decided to keep the name. Domitila, or Domi, as the group affectionately call her, is a widow who no loner has any financial dependents. She says that she has had a grocery store for 20 years. “I started my business because in the past, there wasn't a store of this kind in the town, but I now have a lot of competition, which doesn't benefit me at all, which is why I'm requesting a loan to invest in my business”.

Domi feels that she has lost a lot of customers because she lacks a lot of grocery products. She wants to somehow get her customers back so that her profits return to their previous levels. She has a lot of confidence in this loan as it will enable her to buy sugar, eggs, milk, bread, tinned products, and other items. She hopes that her investment will allow her to get her customers back and boost her earnings.

The members of the group are Claudia, Gerardo, José Antonio, and Miguel, who will invest their loan in their sheep, and Juana who has a grocery store. In the photo, Domi is at the front of the group and is wearing pink, with her traditional hat in her hands.

In this group: Domitila, Claudia, Gerardo , José Antonio, Miguel, Juana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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