Total loan: $1,275

Peña Blanca Group

Acatlan de Perez, Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / Retail

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A loan helped To grow their businesses so they can generate more income to help support their families.

Peña Blanca Group's story

Lidia G. E. (representative of the group) is a 36-year old woman who is proud to be an Oaxaqueña. Lidia has dedicated herself her whole life to working the land so that one day she might enjoy a higher standard of living. She tells us that, from the age of 12 and being the eldest of 10 siblings, she was not able to enjoy as happy a childhood as others. During this time it was very difficult to remain in her home since her parents were farmers and did not have the necessary resources to support the family. Lidia, upon seeing that they needed help, decided to leave her locality to find work. This is how she arrived at the port of Veracruz where she learned to read and write, and slowly turned herself into a very hard-working and responsible woman. She returned to her hometown with a great desire to get ahead and help her husband so that her children would not be lacking of anything, and have all that she’d wished for during her own youth. Lidia’s dream is for her community to one day have paved roads so that traveling to sell their products is less difficult. During the rainy season it is very challenging and dangerous to travel on foot, and she tells us that it takes three hours when the roads are muddy and washed out. She is originally from Peña Blanca, Oaxaca, and says that she is proud to be from this area. Peña Blanca is located at the tip of the mountain and it is difficult to climb up and down and, even so, the views are beautiful and the harvests of the area are bountiful. Lidia does not allow any difficulty to slow her down, however, and she manages to get down the mountain on a donkey or horse to sell her products. For this reason, she has joined a small group of people in the town to request a loan from FRAC. Currently, all the group members have their own enterprises and their collective dream is to continue growing their businesses so that each day they can improve their standard of living. The group is made up of 4 members and is called PEÑA BLANCA, like they place from which they originate. This would be their first loan cycle, for which they are requesting the amount of $4,250 per member. They commit to be responsible in their payments and will take great care of this resource. The members of the group are: (Name, Activity) Lidia G. E. sells pigs, chickens, coffee, corn, chiles and prepared foods. Maria de Jesús I. F. sells bread and snacks. Lucia T. R. sells chickens, and will start selling sandals and napkins. Guillermo I. F. sells wood, coffee, corn, and will start selling fish.

Translated from Spanish by Mary Lynn Malaby, Kiva Volunteer