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Monte Negro Group
In this Group: Felipe , Florentino, Héctor Manuel , Floriberta , Rosa
The Monte Negro group is made up of five people from the community of Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, where most people speak the Mixtec language.

One of the members of the group is the 40-year-old Florentino, who works driving a taxi in a place called Kasandoo, located in his area. Florentino explains that the word "Kasandoo" means "adobe house" in Mixtec. He has worked as a taxi driver for three years, and for him, they have been the best years of his life. Now, he can do what he enjoys: help people by offering his services or giving a ride to those who really need it. With the goal of continuing his good service, Florentino is asking for a loan for maintenance on his taxi.

For Mr. Florentino, one of the best experiences that he has had as a taxi driver was when he picked up a person in his taxi and brought them to their destination even though they didn't have the money to pay him. After a while, he encountered the same person exactly when he needed to talk to somebody about personal matters. Thanks to the trust created by what happened in the first encounter, Mr. Florentino felt comfortable talking about what happened then.

According to his own words, one of the characteristics that a person should have in order to be a taxi driver is, more than anything, honesty. On occasion, passengers leave valuable things forgotten in the taxi and it's the perfect time for one to practice his/her virtues. Mr. Florentino says that he considers himself to be a special person because he likes to face difficulties. Since he was a small child, he has known how to earn his daily bread. It was difficult to do because his parents were people of few resources. In addition, in Florentino's visit, he wanted to share a phrase with which he greatly identifies: "In place of being a successful man, try to be a valuable man. The rest will come naturally."

The other members in the group are:

Felipe - works selling traditional corn-based Mexican dishes
Hector Manuel - works selling food
Floriberta - works selling food
Rosa - works selling traditional corn-based Mexican dishes

They give their thanks to Vision Fund for helping working men and women.
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El grupo Monte Negro está integrado por cinco personas originarias de la comunidad de Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca donde la mayoría de las personas habla el idioma mixteco.

Uno de los integrantes del grupo es el señor Florentino de cuarenta y tres años de edad, quien se dedica a trabajar su taxi el cual pertenece a un sitio llamado Kasandoo ubicado en su localidad. Florentino explica que la palabra "Kasandoo" significa “casa de adobe” en mixteco. Él lleva trabajando como taxista tres años, y para él, han sido los mejores años que ha tenido ya que hace lo que le gusta: ayudar a las personas ofreciendo su servicio o dando un aventón a quienes en verdad lo necesitan. Con el objetivo de seguir brindando un buen servicio, Florentino pidió un crédito para darle mantenimiento a su taxi.

Para Don Florentino, una de las mejores experiencias que ha tenido como taxista fue cuando subió a una persona a su taxi y la llevó a su destino aunque esta no tenía dinero para pagar; después de tiempo, se encontró a la misma persona, exactamente cuando él necesitaba a alguien para platicar asuntos personales. Debido a la confianza que generó lo sucedido en el primer encuentro, Don Florentino se sintió cómodo platicando lo que le sucedía entonces.

De acuerdo con sus propias palabras, una de las características que debe tener una persona para ser taxista es, más que nada, ser honesto ya que ocasiones los pasajeros dejan cosas de valor olvidadas en el taxi y es el momento perfecto donde uno puede practicar sus valores. Don Florentino dice que se considera una persona especial porque le gusta enfrentar las dificultades, ya que desde muy pequeño ha sabido cómo ganarse el pan de cada día y lo que cuesta hacerlo pues sus padres son personas son personas de bajos recursos. Además, en la visita realizada a Florentino, también quiso compartir una frase con la que se identifica demasiado: “En lugar de ser un hombre de éxito, busca ser un hombre valioso: lo demás llegará naturalmente.”

Los demás integrantes del grupo son:

Felipe - se dedica a la venta de antojitos mexicanos.
Héctor Manuel - se dedica a la venta de comida.
Floriberta - se dedica a la venta de comida.
Rosa - se dedica a la venta de antojitos mexicanos.

Le dan las gracias a Vision Fund por ayudar a hombres y mujeres trabajadoras.


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
  • 21
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,052,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.8
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Monte Negro Group's $2,175 loan helped a member to maintain his taxi and be able to afford service.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 7, 2012
Listed
Jun 21, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Dec 15, 2012