A loan of $2,950 helped a member buy 5-gallon plastic bottles, caps, bands, and labels.

Los Portales Group's story

The name of their municipality derives from the Chinanteca vocabulary 'Ocotl-cana' and 'de Tlan-junto a' or 'among', and it signifies 'together' or 'among the canes'. This is a sugar cane raising community by tradition.

In this locality a group called “Los Portales” was formed; it's composed of 4 very hard-working women dedicated to these activities: Ada and Teodora sell cosmetics from catalogs; Mirna and Jessica sell shoes from a catalog, and Jessica also purifies water.

Jessica is a very hard-working and charismatic person. She has 2 children, studied into preparatory school, and is married to Jorge Luis. Together they have established a water purification plant. With their earnings, they cover their household costs, transportation, maintenance of their work tools, and the salaries of their employees. At the same time, Jessica also sells shoes by catalog among her friends and fellow workers.

She is grateful to Kiva and Vision Fund Mexico for the opportunity to obtain this loan, which will be invested in 5-gallon jugs, tops, bands, and labels, supplies that they lack in the purifying plant. The number of their customers has increased, which is very favorable and satisfactory.

In this group: Jessica, Ada Luz, Teodora, Mirna

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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