San Judas Tadeo Group – Food Retail (Vicente, Oaxaca, Mexico)
San Judas Tadeo is the name of a group located in a sugarcane region where the people work in the fields, sowing and harvesting sugarcane. This group is made up of seven people. Each of them has a financial activity: Virginia sells groceries, Paula sells food, Ines sells clothing, Eufemia sells tortillas, Sara sells clothing, Delfine sells traditional corn-based Mexican dishes, and Maria sells traditional corn-based Mexican dishes as well.
Virginia is 51 years old and single. She only had a secondary education. She has two children who are older and married. She says that since she was very small, she learned to work. She learned this since she did not have the opportunity to continue her education; however, she did open her own grocery store business. She began selling in a small space in her home, and as years went by, she constructed her business site where she now has her business.
She said, “Before anything else, thank you very much for the help that you give us with these loans, since thanks to them, our businesses are growing.” She says that she likes to have her business well-stocked so that her customers always find what they’re looking for and gladly come back to make the expense. She will use this loan to buy beans, oil, rice, soup, sugar, toilet paper, aluminum foil, toothpaste, shampoo, cookies, and soft drinks to restock her store. In the future, she hopes to use her earnings to make home reparation and have a better quality of life.
A portion of San Judas Tadeo Group’s loan helps a member to buy beans, oil, rice, soup, sugar, toilet paper, aluminum foil, toothpaste, shampoo, cookies, and soft drinks.