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La Peñita Group
In this Group: Maria Martha, Maria Manuela, Justina, Carmen, Silvia, Angelica Maria, Maria Del Carmen, Martha Alicia, Lorena, Maria Del Rosario, Maria Dolores
This group is called “La Peñita” (The Little Cliff) because the community where the members live is surrounded by cliffs. All the women in the group know each other; they have been friends for a long time and decided to form the group.

Mrs. Justina García manufactures shoes. She and her family work as a team. She and Mr. Fortunato Gómez Escalona with one of their children make ankle boots, laced boots, riding boots, moccasins, slippers and ankle boots with rubber tire soles. They are both wholesalers and retailers. The manufacturing process consists in the following steps: purchase raw materials, cut the leather, sew, assemble, finish and design. Justina does the last two of these steps: she makes the finishings and the designs on the shoes.

The business has been passed down from generation to generation through Fortunato’s family. This is the third generation in the business. Thanks to the business their children are professionals and one of them plans to continue with the family business and in the future even export their products.
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Este grupo se llama la Peñita porque la comunidad en donde viven las integrantes está rodeada de peñas, todas las mujeres de este grupo se conocen entre sí, son amigas desde hace mucho tiempo, decidieron formar el grupo.
La señora Justina García se dedica la elaboración de zapatos, trabajando en equipo con su familia. Ella con el señor Fortunato Gómez Escalona y con uno de sus hijos, hacen: botines, bota de cierre, bota de escaramuza (jalisca), mocasín, choclo y botín con suela de tractor, venden al mayoreo y menudeo. El proceso de elaboración consta de los siguientes pasos: compra de materia prima, cortar la piel, coser, montar, acabado y diseño. La señora Justina se dedica a los dos últimos, a hacer los acabados y el diseño de los zapatos.

El negocio se ha transmitido de generación en generación a través de la familia del señor Fortunato, es la tercera generación que se ha dedicado al negocio. Gracias al negocio sus hijos son profesionistas y uno de ellos piensa continuar con el negocio familiar, y en un futuro llegar a exportar sus productos.

Additional Information

About CrediComun

This loan is administered by CrediComun, a Kiva Field Partner since February 2010. CrediComun is dedicated to providing loans to groups of women in rural areas in Mexico, and is beginning to lend to individuals as well. One of its newest branch offices is in Ciudad Neza, a poor suburb on the outskirts of Mexico City. CrediComun has grown rapidly since its inception in 2005, with 37 branch offices and over 350 employees, and was ranked the 12th best microfinance institution in Latin America in 2010 according to the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX).

For more information on CrediComun, please visit its partner page. If you would like to support CrediComun and its borrowers, please visit its lending team.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mexico

  • $11,249
    Average annual income
  • 22
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $17,870,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.5
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of La Peñita Group's $3,350 loan helped a member to invest in the family shoemaking business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 8, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2011