A loan of $3,175 helped a member to buy stock for her stationery business.

La Selva Primera Group's story

In a community outlying the state of Oaxaca, the people devote themselves to agriculture or livestock. Some of the adults from the jungle speak Mazateco, their maternal language. Other special characteristics of this place are the vegetation and the hills that are around it. In this place there is a chapel, where there is mass every weekend, a primary school, a preschool, and a high school through satellite television. Some students attend high school in other communities.

“La Selva Primera" is a communal bank comprised of seven hard-working women. Each one of them works at a different productive financial activity. Susana- Sells fruit, Lea- Sells shoes by catalog, Andrea- Sells shoes by catalog, Maria- Raises and sells pigs, Ramona- Sells snacks, Jacinta- Sells cosmetics by catalog, and Felicitas- Sells stationery items and snacks.

Felicitas is also a member of the group. Six years ago she established a small stationery business in her home. On the weekends she sells snacks. Taking care of her mother is something that she really likes.

She has requested a loan in order to expand her stationery business. In order to do so she will buy paper, shelves, notebooks, crayons, pencil sharpeners, geometry sets, toner for copiers, white pages, glue, clay, pencils, and pens. This way she will have better stock to offer her customers, and they will not have to travel an hour by bus to buy some of these items. With the income that she gets she will remodel the place so that in the future she can put up a refreshment stand and generate more income this way.

In this group: Felicitas, Susana, Lea, Andrea, Maria Del Rosario, Ramona, Jacinta

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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