A loan of $4,350 helped a member purchase a stove & a juicer.

Las Populares De Loma Group's story

This group is called “Las Populares de Loma” in honor of the Mexican soap opera "Dare to Dream", which is enjoyed by many of our clients and the community in which these group members live. The group originates from the community of Loma Alta Villa del Carbón, in the State of Mexico. There are 14 members and this is the first time they have applied for a loan from CrediComún. However, many of them have had previous experience with other credit institutions.

Sra. Marcelina A. R., known to everyone as “Doña Marce”, is a member of the group. She is 49 years old and the mother of eight children, four daughters (one is deceased) and four sons. Despite not having an education, she has managed to become both a businesswoman and a homemaker. Doña Marce has been selling food for 23 years. She previously worked at a restaurant in Mexico City. Motivated by this experience and her desire to succeed, she decided to start her own business. During that time, however, she had inadequate facilities, so she started cooking at home and then combed the streets in search of potential customers.

Doña Marce’s home was also very small, but she did not have enough money to build a separate room for her business. Over time different people began approaching her to order breakfast and lunch, such as school teachers, doctors from the local clinic, business owners who worked in the surrounding area, and even visitors to the city. Her neighbors have always known her and knew that her business would grow, so they recommended her to other people. She has expanded her house and currently runs her business out of a space that is well-equipped.

Doña Marce is requesting a loan to buy a stove because the one she has now is insufficient for preparing her daily food orders. She also wants to buy a juicer so that she can prepare juices faster. Her customers enjoy being around her and appreciate her charismatic personality. She also has a loyal following because her dishes are offered at low prices. “Everyone works so hard, so we have to help them,” says Doña Marce. Upon requesting this loan, she was optimistic about growing her business since this will allow her to make improvements to her home and support her husband with the household expenses whenever he is not able to find work. Doña Marce now dreams of buying a piece of land along the highway in front of her house where she can build a shop and establish her food business.

In this group: Georgina , Benita , Maria Guadalupe , Alicia , Brenda Ivonne , Esther , Gabriela , Marcelina , Consuelo Julieta *, Sandra , Elisa *, Silvia , Cesilia , Paula
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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