A loan helped a member to purchase sodas, juice, detergent, canned products etc.

La Parada De Los Lobos Group's story

Hard-working and cheerful people who always focus on the welfare of their family inhabit this community with indigenous traditions, within the State of Mexico. Previously it was customary that only the head of household work to cover the household expenses but currently all members contribute their efforts to achieve their family goals. The members of the group “La Parada de los Lobos” [The Stop of the Wolves] originate from that region and chose the name for their liking for this beautiful animal.

María Cristina is a hard-working woman who likes chatting a lot and is always enthusiastic. She is a mother of six children and four of them are dependents as they are studying at primary, secondary and pre-school levels.

Eight months ago, she started a grocery store business. However, she is not a novice as she has a lot of experience from a similar business from her previous home. Thus, with some savings and the support of her husband, she succeeded in launching a new branch.

One difficulty she currently has is the absence of a refrigerator; and it is truly necessary as the warm season is approaching the region. However, she knows that with effort and dedication, she will be able to complete her goals in the best possible way.

Similarly, she has worked with VFMéxico as it has been of great help for the development of her business and that of her peers. Cristi, as they refer to her affectionately, comments very happily “fortunately everything is running smoothly and the business is set on a busy street, so the profits are excellent.”

On this occasion, with the opportunity of the loan, she will purchase sodas, juice, detergent, canned products, etc. Among her accomplishments is having purchased a mill; and renting it has been a success among her customers.

The remaining members of the group are Adrián who will invest in pigs; Maurillio in sheep; Damián and Yolanda in a grocery store.

*The photograph was taken by the taxi owned by one of the members. Cristi is the one dressed in a blue sweater.

In this group: Adrian, Maria Cristina, Damian, Maurilio, Yolanda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Leah Sakr Lavender.

This loan is special because:

It gives rural low-income families in Mexico a chance to work for a better future.

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