Total loan: $2,375
Loma Chiquita Group
Tres Estrellas, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Food
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A loan helped to buy sweets.
Loma Chiquita Group's story
The Loma Chiquita (Little Hill) group used to meet in a community where you could admire a small hill that offered a magnificent panoramic view where the first rays of sunlight illuminated the horizon. This is where the name of the group came from. Additionally, the area is very calm, and the people are very friendly. Most people are dedicated to growing corn and to raising animals. Catalina is an example of hard work. All of her life, she has been dedicated to making a better future for her loved ones. Her family includes Aurelio, her husband, and four children, who no longer depend on their parents. Twenty years ago, she decided to dedicate herself to making sweets, since most of her relatives are merchants. She remembers that her parents, since she was very young, motivated her to start a stable business, from which she could earn a secure income. To start this business, she had to use her savings from raising and selling animals, such as sheep, chickens, turkeys, etc. In the beginning, she only had a small table outside her house and a tarp that covered her from the sun and rain. Later, the business grew, and now she has a stable store where she offers a wide variety of sweets and some snacks. Now, she requests a new loan to be able to invest in more sweets and maintain an extensive supply. Catalina earns a lot when children’s parties are celebrated in her community, as well as in December when the traditional piñatas are full of different candies. Catalina is very thankful for every loan, because without they, her business wouldn’t have grown as much and she wouldn’t have been able to offer educations to her children. For now, her only goal is to maintain her business and have it grow. The other members of the group are Isidra, who will invest in sweets and beverages, and Don José and María de la Luz, who will invest in a small grocery store. * The photograph was taken in Don José’s store. Catalina is in the brown and orange sweater.