A loan of $2,700 helped a member to buy dyes, straightening irons, powders, scissors to sell , capes, gloves, hair wax.

El Amanecer Group's story

In a community of Oaxaca, the population is largely dependent on the sugar mill La Margarita, as this produces an average of 102,712 tons of sugar per harvest, and this production involves just over 2,400 people in the region. The St. Vincent de Paul parish celebrates its patron saint on July 16 when first communions take place, and on July 19 confirmations and Mass in honor of the patron saint are celebrated; there is dancing, singing, brass bands, and fireworks.

In this community, a solidarity group called “El Amanecer” [The Sunrise] was formed. The members say that the name of the group was chosen because the sunrise is beautiful in their region. Each member is dedicated to a different activity: Luz-internet service; Daniela-clothing sales; Anayeli-chicken sales; Kenia-sales of home items by catalog; Laura-sales of shoes by catalog; and Arcenia-beauty salon.

Arcenia studied to be a stylist and succeeded in establishing a unisex salon 11 years ago. At first she paid rent; now she has achieved one of her dreams and with the earnings that she has made during this time she saved enough money to build her own salon. Similarly, she paid for her children's education with the help of her husband. That's why she has applied for a loan to invest in the purchase of material to continue offering her services as a stylist (dyes, straightening irons, powders, scissors to sell , capes, gloves, hair wax). She says that her children and parents are her greatest motivation to succeed. She thanks Kiva and VisionFund Mexico for the support that she will receive.

In this group: Luz Elena , Arcenia , Daniela , Anayeli , Kenia , Laura

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Philip Hess

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