A loan of $6,000 helped a member to buy oil, tortillas, disposable plates, tin foil and other supplies for their food sales.


Igualdad Group's story

Oaxaca is an area where sugar cane is produced and is also home to the historical "La Margarita". The group "Igualdad", which was formed in 2010, now has 19 members who all have their own line of work. They use their income to cover household expenses and to pay off the loans on time.

Maria sells soft drinks; Reyna sells food and cosmetics; Soledad sells traditional corn-based foods; Cesarea sells cosmetics; Magdalena sells desserts; Martha sells clothes; Alicia sells pizzas; Cecilia also sells traditional corn-based dishes; Araceli sells footwear; Daniel provides a soldering and metalwork service; Maria del Consuelo sells footwear for school; Claudia sells groceries; Maria Teresa sells tacos; Dolores del Carmen sells candy; Modesta sells silver jewellery; Maria Leonarda sells traditional corn-based dishes; Xochitl del Mar sells footwear; Carlos sells footwear; and Sarai sells stationery.

Soledad is a very cheerful woman who only studied to secondary school level. For more than 20 years, she has been selling traditional corn-based dishes in a small stall located comfortably in her own home. This is very convenient because she lives on a main road. She is well-known in the community as well as nearby areas. She gives thanks to "Vision Fund" for giving her her first loan ten cycles ago. She has been consistently using the money to invest in supplies for making her dishes. Since ten years ago, Soledad has been buying oil, tortillas, disposable plates, tin foil, garlic, rice, tomatoes and other things.

In this group: Maria , Reyna Delia , Soledad , Cesarea , Martha , Alicia , Magdalena *, Cecilia *, Araceli , Daniel , Maria Del Consuelo , Claudia , Maria Teresa , Dolores Del Carmen , Modesta , Maria Leonarda , Xochitl Del Mar , Carlos , Sarai
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Matthew Walker


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