Total loan: $5,750

El Molino Group

San Juan Jalpa, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Clothing

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El Molino Group's story

In the community where the El Molino ('The Mill") group lives, corn is the basic food for families. To make corn meal, the grains must be heated with water and lime for a few minutes. Then, everything must be mixed together to form the dough, which is a combination of distinct colors (white, yellow, black, blue, and pink). This corn dough is used to make a wide variety of traditional Mexican dishes, including tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, gorditas, chilaquiles, masa tortillas, fried tacos, tostados and the famous tamales. This type of cooking would not be possible without a corn mill. There is a corn mill in Lucía's house where people from the community go to prepare this typical corn grain mixture. Because of the importance of the corn mill, the members chose this as their group name. They are requesting support from VisionFund México. Lucia still maintains her mill, but she will invest her portion of the loan in food for her calves; Maximina will do the same. Maria Cruz and Nicolasa will invest in food for their lambs. Rosaura is the final member of the group. She is thirty-two years old and is the mother of two children; one of them is in school. She is a very enterprising woman and says, "I only finished primary school. Immediately after, I started working in another city where I took a few styling classes. I then returned to my hometown and decided to start my own small shop where I could offer my services." Fortunately, her customer base has grown bit by bit over time and she is consequently looking for a larger space for her shop. She met the father of her children, who sold clothes. Despite the fact that they are now separated, she still learned the business and she now sells clothing too. Rosaura also takes advantage of the local markets and sells her merchandise at a stall there. Rosaura needs to invest in more clothing. She is very happy with her two selling locations although the distance between them is sometimes difficult. Every morning, she gets up at 5:30am to get ready, bring her son to school, and get to her shop in time to open. Rosaura helps customers from 8am to 7pm and then spends another hour traveling back home. For this reason, she dreams of having her shop closer to home. With a smile on her face she says "I don't know, but I would like to never leave my little shop since it is one I love most." The photograph was taken in a garden in the center of town where the members live. Rosaura is the one wearing the blue vest.