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Las Estrellitas Group
In this Group: Irma , Blanca Luz, Bertha, Jorge Antonio, Matilde Alicia
This group is called “Las Estrellitas” (The Little Stars) and is located in Tecpatan, Chiapas. The woman who gave the interview is Matilde. She’s a single mother with two children in her care: Erlin, 20, and Yessenia Guadalupe, 15.

She buys cordage to make hammocks that she resells in her same location. She also sells Tupperware. She’s been in business 15 years and she comments that she does well because it’s allowed her to provide her children with schooling.

She learned this occupation with her mother since she was in the same line of work and she learned while still very young. When she got married she stopped doing it but, in order to help out her husband, she started up again so that together they could raise their children who were growing. Unfortunately, he left her a few years ago but even so she continues to work.

Her greatest wish is that with this activity and the loan she will be able to continue to work so that she can manage to have some savings to continue supporting her children who are still studying.

The other group members are: Irma, who buys and sells corn to make tascalate and pinol (traditional corn-based beverages from Chiapas) and also sells soft drinks, Blanca Luz, who will use the loan to buy stock merchandise for her grocery store, Jorge Antonio who buys and sells free range chickens to raise and later sell and Bertha who will use the loan to buy free range chickens to later sell butchered.
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Este grupo se llama las Estrellitas y se Ubica en la localidad de Tecpatan estado de Chiapas, la señora quien se le tomo la entrevista se llama Matilde es madre soltera y su responsabilidad tiene dos hijos: Erlin de veinte años, Yessenia Guadalupe de quince años.

Ella se dedica a la compra de hilos para la elaboración de hamacas, para luego venderlo en la misma localidad y así también vender trastes de tupper, en donde lleva quince años, lo que comenta que le va bien ya que con ello ha logrado apoyar a sus hijos en sus estudios.

Aprendió esta actividad con su mama ya que ella también se dedicaba a lo mismo y desde muy joven aprendió y cuando se caso dejo de practicarlo, pero para apoyar a su esposo comenzó de nuevo así los dos sacar adelante a sus hijos que estaban creciendo quien desafortunada mente la abandono hace unos años, pero aun así ella sigue trabajando.

Su más grande deseo es que con esta actividad y el préstamo pueda seguir trabajando para que con ello logre tener ahorros para apoyar seguir apoyando a sus hijos que están estudiando.

Los demás integrantes del grupo son: Irma quien se dedica a la compra de maíz para la elaboración de tascalate, pinol, y también la venta de refresco, la señora blanca luz: quien invierte el préstamo en la compra de mercancía para surtir su tienda de abarrotes, Jorge Antonio se dedica a la copra y venta de pollos de rancho para criarlo y luego venderlo, así también la señora Bertha que invierte el préstamo en la compra de pollos de granja para luego venderlo aliñado.

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

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 64
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,015,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 11.6
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Estrellitas Group's $1,300 loan helped a member to pay for cordage to make hammocks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 20, 2011
May 31, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2011