Total loan: $3,650

Mojarritas Group

San Miguel Soyaltepec, Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / Food

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A loan helped to buy a refrigerator and bream (a species of fish).

Mojarritas Group's story

It is easy to find archaelogocal ruins ín different communities of the state of Oaxaca, because that was where the old Mazateca culture was located. Many local still keep their traditions and customs, apart from their language, which gives them a sense of identity and pride.

In one of these communities, the group called "Mojarritas" ["Little Breams," a species of fish] was formed; fishing is one of the main sources of income, and this is the name given to a fish found in the region.

Its members are: Selene, who will buy water and cosmetics; Alejandra, traditional food; Juana, cattle; Marina, food and sweets; Reyna, clothes; José, wood; Felipa, firewood; Cristina, clothes and cosmetics; Valentina, food, cosmetics and plasticware; and Pedro, tortillas and fish.

Pedro is a young and enthusiastic person who works hard every day to help his mother with the home expenses. He has been selling tortillas for more than a year, visiting the municipality's streets on board of a motorcycle. He carries a box in the back of the motorcycle, where he keeps his products warm for his customers.

He says, smiling: "I like to visit the town's streets and reach the remotest boroughs to offer warm tortillas to the families."

He also goes to the dam to buy fish for resale in neighbor communities, offering affordable prices, and an excellent service and quality. He keeps his products in an icebox, so that the intense heat does not cause him losses.

Pedro applied for the loan with the objective of buying a new refrigerator to store his products and be able to reach remoter communities without worrying about them going bad.

* The picture was taken at "La novia del sol" [The sun's girlfriend]. Pedro is the one wearing a blue t-shirt and a checkered short.