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Hitolipo
Hipólito lives in the community of Guadalupe Coté, a community noted for being on the top of a hill where large trees abound. Hipólito is 45 years old and married to Juana. He still has four children who depend on them and their 13 year old daughter is still attending school. Hipólito and his family work baking bread to sell. He’s asked for the loan to buy flour, milk, yeast and firewood because although he lives in a place where trees abound he cannot cut the trees down and firewood must be brought from another state.

He described to us how he makes the bread: “First I knead the dough until it’s shaped to make bread. Then I separate the dough into 120 gram portions for each piece of bread. In another spot the bread is shaped usually into rounds but I also choose which will be made: small, large and medium. Once formed they pass into the wood-burning oven where I have to be watchful and very careful while they are baking turning them over and over again so that they don’t burn.”

Hipólito has been baking mountain bread for a long time. He learned from his grandfather when he was 8 years old and when he turned 15 he started his own business. “The problem I face is that often resources are lacking since flour is very expensive. On the other hand, we are not allowed to touch the wood and I have to bring it in from someplace else and it is super expensive that way.”

One of his goals is to have a mixer to make the bread more easily because by producing more his profits will increase.

“I am very grateful for the loan authorized by FRAC and KIVA because it’s very difficult to get loans from other financial institutions because the interest rates they charge are very high.”
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Don Hipolito vive en la comunidad de Guadalupe Cote una comunidad que se caracteriza por estar en lo alto de un monte donde abundan los arboles grandes, Don Hipolito tiene 45 años de edad esta casado con la señora Juana aun tiene cuatro niños que dependen de ellos su hija de 13 años es quien aun estudia, el señor Hipolito y su familia se dedica a la elaboracion de pan para su venta, ha solicitado el credito para comprar harina, leche, levadura y leña porque aunque vive en un lugar donde abundan los arboles no puede cortar los arboles asi que se la leña se la traen de otro estado.
Nos relato como elabora el pan "Primero amaso la masa hasta que quede en forma para la elaboracion del pan, despues separo la masa en 120 gramos para cada pan, en otro lado se le da la forma del pan que es redonda pero tambien ahi selecciono los que van hacer, chicos, grandes y medianos cuando ya estan formados pasaran al horno de leña, donde tengo que estar atento ya que ser muy cuidadosos a la hora de cosinar voltear y una y otra vez para que no se quemen"
Don Hipolito tiene ya mucho tiempo haciendo el pan de monte desde que tenia 8 años de edad aprendio de su abuelo cuando cumplio 15 años el inicio su propio negocio. "El problema que enfrento muchas veces es la falta de recursos ya que la harina esta muy cara y por otro lado la leña que no dejan que la toquemos y tengo que traerla de otro lado y asi me sale super carisima"
Una de sus metas es tener una batidora para facilitar la elaboracion del pan porque produciendo mas pan sus ganacias puedan incrementar.
"Yo estoy muy agradecido por el credito autorizado por parte de FRAC y KIVA ya que en otras finacieras es muy dicifil que nos den el credito por los interes que cobran ya que son altisimos"

About Mexico

  • $11,249
    Average annual income
  • 8
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  • $18,125,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.8
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,175 helped Hitolipo to buy flour, sugar, milk, firewood and yeast.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 23, 2012
Listed
Mar 29, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 15, 2012