Total loan: $3,800

Chicas Emprendedoras Group

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San Lorenzo Toxico, Ixtlahuaca, Méx., Mexico / Food

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A loan helped to buy large pans, flour, eggs, milk, corn, paper and firewood.

Chicas Emprendedoras Group's story

This group's name "Chicas Emprendedoras" ["Enterprising Girls"] perfectly describes its members, who work hard for the well-being of their families. The group members are all good friends, and they are requesting a loan from VisionFund to improve their businesses. María Teresa is affectionately nicknamed 'Tere'. She's a kind woman, who is always smiling, and is also known for her dedication to her work. Tere is married to Francisco, and has a beautiful family with three young children. She has been making desserts, bread and cakes for the last five years. She worked as a maid in Mexico City for many years, and her employers taught her how to make all kinds of desserts. She sells her products from house to house, and, thanks to the delicious flavors, she often receives special requests, for example her famous orange bread, which is famous among her neighbors. Tere, visibly moved, describes one of her best sales days, recounting that "the 10th of May, Mother's Day, was a great day, I earned well, and I received lots of orders for cakes". She is requesting a loan to buy large cake pans, flour, eggs and milk, as well as corn, paper and firewood for the tortilla business which she runs with her mother, Cecilia, who is also a member of the group. The tortilla business is doing very well, and they can sell as many as 45 cuartillos (a cuartillo is about 1.5kg) of corn in a day. One of Tere's dreams is to open several branches of the tortilla business in her district, and earn enough to finish building her house and improve her quality of life. Other members of the group are: Rachel, who wants to invest in dishes and blankets; Cecilia, in her tortilla business; Rufina, in beauty products; Mónica, in fruit and vegetables; Liliana, in blankets, and Angélica, in shoes and blankets. *The photo was taken in Cecilia's house. In the photo, you can see some of the utensils and ingredients that Tere uses for her desserts. Tere is wearing a white sweatshirt in the picture.