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Las Águilas Group
In this Group: María Antonieta , Herminia , Margarita , Juliana Adelfa *, Amada , Guadalupe, Hilda Patricia , Irene , Antonia, María Irene, Zeferina , María Elena
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This group is called 'Las Águilas' (The Eagles). Its twelve members are all women from a beautiful town called Pinotepa Nacional in Oaxaca.

One of the members of this group is Herminia, better known as Hino. She is 66 years old and has been selling tamales, hand-made tortillas and 'sopes' (fried tortillas topped with beans and sauce) for 23 years. She started working when she was very young because her parents didn't have too many financial opportunities and they didn't make enough income to feed her brothers and sisters. Hino set out selling 'empanadas de leche' (plantain dumplings stuffed with milk pudding) and other sweet treats. However, this didn't make her enough profits and so she decided to start selling hand-made tortillas. This business proved profitable. Over time, her customers started asking her to sell tamales as well. Although Hino didn't know whether this typical Mexican dish would sell well, she took the risk as she has always liked to do.

Hino says that what she most enjoys about her business is making her tamales because she discovered that she makes them with good flavor. She would like to make the most of this gift and keep working. Above all, she would like to make the most of the opportunities that her customers give her to keep selling her products. Her customers recommend her because of the service that she provides. Despite the fact that she lost her husband 20 years ago and needed to work harder in order to feed her family, Hino says that it wasn't so difficult because she really enjoys working. In addition, she says that she has always made the most of all the opportunities open to her. In the past she has worked as a farm laborer and also as a fisherwoman in order to provide her three children with a good education. Hino requested this loan to buy ingredients with which to make her tamales. She also bought corn and logs. Hino would like to send everybody a message: "Make the most of all the opportunities that present themselves in life as they don't always appear".

The other members of this group are:
María Antonieta - who sells groceries
Margarita - who sells food
Juliana Adelfa - who sells food
Amada - who sells perfume
Guadalupe - who sells Mexican snack foods
Hilda - who sells clothing
Irene - who sells cheese
Antonia - who sells shoes
María Irene - who sells food
Zeferina - who sells food
María Elena - who sells Mexican snacks

The women would like to thank Vision Fund for helping all Mexican women.
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Este grupo se llama Las Águilas, está conformado por doce mujeres originaras de una hermosa ciudad llamada Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca.

Una de las integrantes de este grupo es la señora Herminia mejor conocida como doña Hino de sesenta y seis años de edad. Doña Hino se dedica a la venta de tamales, tortillas elaboradas a mano y sopes desde hace veintitrés años. Desde muy pequeña empezó a trabajar, ya que sus padres no contaban con tantas oportunidades económicas y no les alcanzaba su ingreso para alimentar a sus hermanos. Primeramente, Doña Hino empezó a vender empanadas de de leche y dulces, pero no tenía suficientes ganancias y decidió vender tortillas hechas a mano, negocio que resultó rentable. Con el tiempo, sus clientes le pedían que vendiera tamales; aunque Doña Hino no sabía si se vendería bien este platillo típico mexicano se arriesgó, como siempre la ha gustado hacer.

Doña Hino dice que lo que más le gusta de su negocio es elaborar sus tamales ya que descubrió que tiene una buena sazón y desea aprovechar ese don para seguir trabajando y sobre todo aprovechar las oportunidades que le dan sus clientes para seguir vendiendo, ya que ellos mismos la recomiendan por la atención que les brinda. A pesar de haber perdido a su esposo hace 20 años y necesitó trabajar con más intensidad para alimentar a su familia, dice que nunca le costó mucho trabajo pues le gusta mucho trabajar. Además, menciona que hasta ahora ha aprovechado todas las oportunidades que encuentra en el camino: alguna vez trabajó como campesina y también como pescadora para darles a sus tres hijos una buena educación. Doña Hino pidió un crédito para comprar ingredientes para la elaboración de tamales, además, compró maíz y leños. Doña Hino quiere enviar un mensaje a todas las personas: "Aprovechen todas las oportunidades que se les atraviesen el en camino, ya que no siempre se presentan".

Las demás integrantes del grupo son:

María Antonieta- se dedica a la venta de mercancía de abarrotes.
Margarita – se dedica a la venta de comida.
Juliana Adelfa - se dedica a la venta de comida.
Amada - se dedica a la venta de perfumes.
Guadalupe - se dedica a la venta de antojitos mexicanos.
Hilda - se dedica a la venta de ropa.
Irene - se dedica a la venta de quesos.
Antonia - se dedica a la venta de calazado.
María Irene - se dedica a la venta de comida.
Zeferina - se dedica a la venta de comida.
María Elena - se dedica a la venta de antojitos mexicanos.

Le dan las gracias a Vision Fund por ayudar a todas las mujeres mexicanas.


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
  • 30
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $17,914,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.8
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Águilas Group's $7,325 loan helped a member to buy ingredients for making tamales, corn and logs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 15, 2012
Listed
Jul 10, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Dec 15, 2012