A loan of $3,475 helped a member to purchase rice, beans, cooking oil, salt, sugar, cookies, toilet paper.

Las Maravillas 2 Group's story

In Oaxaca there is a very happy community where the majority of its inhabitants work in “Ingenio La Margarita” during the harvest and repair season, and others work in the planting and cutting of cane in the same town.

The community formed a group made up of 7 hardworking women who have undertaken a business in order to support the household expenses. The group is called “Las Maravillas 2” (The Wonderlands 2) and its members are Mireya (selling footwear and refreshments), Yareli (selling cosmetics and tupperwear), Abigail (selling footwear by catalogue), Dionicia (selling butchered chicken), Sonia (selling cosmetics), Xochitl (esthetician), and Rosa Elena (selling groceries).

Mrs. Rosa Elena has made a living selling groceries in her home for 18 years, she is known by everyone. She recounts that at the beginning her store was small, and that with time it has grown. She now offers a great variety of products to her customers. She also says that she only had the opportunity to study up to middle school, and that she has two children for whom she would give her life. It is for them that she has been dedicated to continue with her business, that way she will be able to pay the education expenses. “My kids will be able to enjoy everything that I couldn’t”.

She gives thanks to Kiva and VisionFund Mexico for trusting her and the group by giving them another loan. This way, each one can invest in her business and obtain better profits.

In this group: Rosa Elena, Mireya, Yareli, Abigail, Dionicia, Sonia, Xochitl

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Luisa Islas

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