Total loan: $6,300

Las Mariposas Group

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Tetela,Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / Retail

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A loan helped to buy mirrors, ball bearings, brake pads, oil, spark plugs and tyre chambers.

Las Mariposas Group's story

Close to the tracks where the train known as the 'The Beast' passes you can find a oaxaquena community which is home to a group called Las Mariposas (The Butterflies). This name comes from the members' shared love of the freedom and beauty of these little creatures. It should be mentioned that 'The Beast' is used as a cargo service to transport grain or sugar as the area produces only sugar cane. The group members and their jobs are: Rafaela, who sells pigs; Noemí, groceries; Cintia, plastic containers; Ana Bertha, knives; Mario, motorbike parts; Nancy, footwear from a catalogue and homemade tortillas and Alicia, jewellery. For his part Salvador manages a restaurant and Abel makes decorations. Mario's greatest wish has always been to have his own store and not depend on anyone; to achieve this he has worked arduously. He sold tortillas from Monday to Sunday from 5 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon and with the earnings he made and the loans he was granted he was able to begin selling motorbike parts. At the beginning he sold them from home and when he wasn't in his wife served the customers. He displayed his merchandise in a small glass cabinet and hung the tyres from a pipe on the ceiling of the corridor in his house. Four months ago Mario opened his own repair store in the main street of the municipality. His clientele has expanded thanks to his accessible prices and his wide range of stock. His motto is "if the client asks for it, they get it; if I don't have it I will get it and at a better price". With the income he has made he can pay the household bills, cover the rent and increase his variety of accessories to satisfy his customers' tastes. Mario hopes to achieve financial stability with this job so that he can open a second repairs store where Maricela, his wife, will work. This loan will be used to buy mirrors, ball bearings, brake pads, oil, spark plugs and tyre chambers. *This photo was taken in front of the train tracks where 'The Beast' runs. Mario is wearing a white t-shirt and a cap. The girl who is wearing white shorts is the daughter of Rafaela who is wearing white pants. The girl in the checked shorts is the daughter of Noemí who is wearing a green blouse.