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Las Fresas Group
In this Group: Maria , Irma , Marcelina, Juana, Veronica, Antonia , Lorenza , Rosa , Paula, Irene, Elidia, Eusebia, Celestina
The group which is presented has the name "Las Fresas." It is a group of women from the area of Calvario del Carmen, belonging to the municipality of San Felipe del Progreso. This area is home to a large dam known as the "Dam Tepetitlan." Because of the dam, they are people that are dedicated to fishing chub to sell at the market. What these people do is clean and fry, or even stew them or make tamales to sell.

In this group, there is a member that has the job which has been mentioned. She is named Celestina M. E.. She is a housewife but she goes fishing and prepares the chub in different ways.

The "Las Fresas" group has 13 hard-working female members. They are Mazahuas women. They speak this indigenous language which is part of the cultulre of the San Felipe del Progreso village, and not only does their language demonstrate their culture but also their dress.

They named their group this way because they say that they couldn't find another name. They had mentioned various but all were already taken by other groups until one of the members said "las Fresas." This caused them to laugh and so they used this name, as well as to sound a little original beside the other groups.

The names of the women are the following:

1.-Maria S. M., She is 40 years old and has a grocery store.
2.-Irma G. G., She is 30 years old and she buys, raises and sells sheep.
3.- Marcelina C. Sáncehez, , She is a young woman of 20 years and she is dedicated to raising chicken to sell.
4.-Juana M. C., She is 45 years old and is dedicated to buying and selling fattened sheep.
5.-Veronica S. M., She is 19 and raises sheep.
6.-Antonia J. S. is 36 years old and has a grocery store.
7.-Lorenza G. C., She is 54 years old and is dedicated to raising calves to sell.
8.-Rosa V. N. is 42 years old and is dedicated to raising chicken and sheep.
9.-Paula P. G. is 38 years old and is dedicated to raising animals.
10.- Irene T. C. is 38 years old and has a school shoop.
11.-Elidia L. L. is a mother and is dedicated to a shop outside the clinic.
12.-Eusebia Mejía Segúndo is 55 years old is is dedicated to raising and selling cattle and bulls.
13.- Celestina M. E. is 27 years old and is dedicated to fishing and selling chubs prepared ready to eat.

The community is very humble in general. All of the people come from scarce resources. They don't have secondary education. The majority of people don't know how to read. They are only dedicated to farming and raising animals. The men know masonry work and many leave to work in cities in Mexico or the U.S.

Maria S. M. is head of the list of names. In the photo, she appears clothed in a white sweater, a typical Mazahua blue dress with red stripes and sky blue socks. She is the second in the photo from left to right.

Maria is 40 years old. She lives in her own house with her husband. In total, she had eight children. However, one of them died. Now there are only seven children: 4 boys and 3 girls. At the moment, one 11 year old boy depends on her. He is in elementary school. Her other children work and one has his own family.

Mari's activity is raising calves. She is going to use her loan to pay two two corn fields of grass that they rented. They occupy the fields to give food to their animals. She also wants to buy a calf.

Mari tells us that one of the difficulties of the months from April until September is feeding her animals since she doesn't have land and it is the rainy season. What she does is pay a monthly rent for each animal so they can eat the pasture and the others can go to a farm that is near the community.

Mari's wish is to be able to have a space for her animals like land to farm and not to buy the corn field which is expensive. She also wants to be able to guard the animals. Mari also says that when she sells an animal, it's cheap. Her goal is to sell them at a good price so she gets something back for her investment.
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El grupo que a continuación presento tiene por nombre "Las Fresas", es un grupo de mujeres de la localidad de Calvario del Carmén, pertenecen al municipio de San Felipe del Progreso, esta localidad alberga una gran presa conocida como la "presa de Tepetitlan", como se encuentra la presa hay gente que se dedica a pescar charales para venderlos en el tianguis, lo que está gente hace es limpiarlos y freirlos, tambíen los guisan, o hasta los hacen en tamal para vender.

En este grupo hay una integrante que tiene como actividad lo que mencionaba, se llama Celestina Marquéz E., la señora es ama de casa pero aparte sale a pescar a la presa y prepara los charales de diferente manera.

El Grupo las "Fresas" lo integran 13 mujeres trabajadoras, son mujeres Mazahuas, hablan este idioma indigena que es parte de la cultura del pueblo de San felipe del Progreso, y no solo el idioma sino su vestimenta muestra su cultura.
Le nombraron así a su grupo porqué dicen ella que no encontraban otro nombre, ya habían mencionado varios pero todos ya estaban ocupados por otro grupo, hasta que una de las integrantes dijo: las Fresas, a todas les causo gracia y asi se llamaron, tambíen para sonar un poco original ante los demás grupos.

Los nombres de las mujeres son los siguientes:
1.-Maria S. M., la señora tiene 40 años de edad, su actividad es una tienda de abarrotes.
2.-Irma G. G., tiene 30 años, su actividad es la compra, cria y venta de borregos.
3.- Marcelina C. Sáncehez, , es una mujer joven de 20 años, se dedica a criar pollos para vender.
4.-Juana M. C., tiene 45 años, se dedica a la compra- venta de borregos de engorda.
5.-Veronica S. M., tiene 19 años, cria borregos
6.-Antonia J. S. tiene 36 años, tiene una tienda de abarrotes
7.-Lorenza G. C., tiene 54 años, se dedica al campo y criar becerros para vender.
8.-Rosa V. N., tiene 42 años, se dedica a criar pollos y borregos
9.-Paula P. G., tiene 38 años, se dedica a criar animales
10.- Irene T. C., tiene 38 años, tiene una tienda escolar
11.-Elidia L. L., va hacer mamá, y se dedica a una tienda afuera de la clinica
12.-Eusebia Mejía Segúndo, tiene 55 años, y se dedica a vender ganado, cria y vende vacas o toros.
13.- Celestina M. E., tiene 27 años y se dedica a la pesca, vende charales preparados listos para comer.

La comunidad es muy humilde en general, toda la gente es de escasos recursos, no tienen estudio, por mucho la secundaria, la mayoria de la gente no sabe leer, solo se dedican al campo y a criar animales, los señores como oficio saben albañileria, y muchos salen a trabajar a ciudad de México o E.U.

La Señora Maria S. M. encabeza la lista de los nombres en la foto aparece vestida de un sweter blanco, un vestido tipico Mazahua de color azul con franjas rojas y calcetas azul cielo, es la segunda de la foto de izquierda a derecha.

Doña Maria tiene 40 años de edad, vive en casa propia con su esposo, en total tuvo 8 hijos lamentablemente uno de ellos fallecio, ahora solo están 7 hijos, 4 hombres y 3 mujeres, por el momento de ella depende un niño de 11 años, estudia la primaria, sus demás hijos ya trabajan y unos ya tienen su propia familia.

La actividad de doña Mari es criar becerros, y va utilizar su crédito para pagar dos milpas de zacate que le fiaron, el zacate lo ocupa para darle de comer a sus reces, tambien quiere comprar una becerrita.

Doña Mari nos comenta que una dificultad es de el mes de Abril hasta Septiembre porqué no tiene para darles de comer ya que no tiene terreno, y es en epocas de lluvia, lo que hace es pagar una renta por cada animal mensual, para que puedan comer el pasto y demás en una hacienda que está cerca de su comunidad.

El deseo de doña Mari es poder tener un espacio para sus animales como un terreno para sembrar y no comprar el zacate que lo dan caro, tambíen para poder guardar los animales.

Tambíen doña Mari platica que al vender un animal se lo quieren pagar barato, su meta es venderlos a un buen precio para que le salga la inversión.

Additional Information

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
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  • $17,541,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.4
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Fresas Group's $4,875 loan helped a member purchase food and raise animals (calves) to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 21, 2010
Listed
Dec 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 15, 2011