Total loan: $7,325
Las Águilas Group
Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / Food
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A loan helped to buy ingredients for making tamales, corn and logs.
Las Águilas Group's story
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.