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Granito De Arena Group
In this Group: Maria De Lourdes, Sonia, Felix, Eduardo, Marisol

Update on Granito De Arena Group

Don Eduardo is 52 years old. He is a native of the indigenous Mazahua community. He belongs to the Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand) communal bank. He says they gave the group that name because the loans are like grains of sand: little by little they form a mountain and that is why he and his companions take advantage of the loans to improve their businesses.

Don Eduardo transports gravel, sand, stone, etc. for construction projects. He says he has run his business for more than five years and that he started it because he was not earning enough from farming. In addition his wife was very ill from cancer, however thanks to chemotherapy she was able to recover.

Don Eduardo notes that he makes two or three trips every day (transporting construction materials) and has to travel a distance to pick up the gravel or sand that he then sells to some sand dealers in the state of Mexico and in the town of Ocampo. This takes him a bit far from his own community, but that is where he gets the best prices so that he can earn something for himself.

He says he is requesting a loan in order to continue investing in construction materials and that he will also use it to do maintenance on his dump truck.

The other members of the group are María de Lourdes, Sonia, Félix and Marisol. They will invest their loans in the purchase of sewing materials, tires for a public taxi service, men and women’s clothing and scrap metal to sell later by the kilo.
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Don Eduardo tiene 52 años de edad, es originario de una comunidad indígena Mazahua, él pertenece al grupo Granito de Arena y dice que le pusieron ese nombre al grupo pues para los integrantes los créditos son como los granitos de arena: poco a poquito hacen un gran cerro y es por eso que él y sus compañeros aprovechan sus créditos para mejorar sus negocios. Don Eduardo se dedica a transportar grava, arena, piedra, etc. Para obras en construcción, dice que tiene con esta actividad desde hace más de cinco años y que empezó con este negocio porque no le alcanzaba con lo que ganaba de la siembra, aparte que su esposa la tuvieron muy enfermita ya que le dio cáncer pero gracias a quimioterapias que le hicieron pudo salir adelante. Don Eduardo platica que a diario se hace de dos a tres viajes (transportando el material de construcción) ya que tiene que salir a otro lado a conseguir la grava o arena que vende a unos bancos de arena que están en el estado de México y en la población de Ocampo y le queda un poco retirado de su comunidad, pero es donde consigue los mejores precios y así él le puede ganar algo. Dice que está pidiendo un crédito para seguir invirtiendo en el material para la construcción y que también lo ocupara para darle mantenimiento a su carro de volteo. Las otras integrantes del grupo se llaman María de Lourdes, Sonia, Félix y Marisol ellas invertirán sus créditos en la compra de material para elaborar costuras, en la compra de llantas para un taxi de servicio público, para la compra de ropa para dama y caballero y para la compra de fierro viejo para después venderlo por kilo.

Previous Loan Details

Marisol is 32 years old and says that she is studying in her eighth semester at UPN (National Pedagogic University) for a degree in Middle Indigenous Languages. This will enable her to teach indigenous children who speak Mazahua since this is the predominant culture and language in her communi... More from Granito De Arena Group's previous loan »

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 68
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,029,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.2
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Granito De Arena Group's $3,875 loan helped a member to purchase sand, gravel and rocks to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 17, 2013
May 18, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013