A loan of $2,875 helped a member to buy supplies for the products they sell.

Princesas De Cuautlapan Group's story

This group is called the Princesses of Cuautlapan because that is the name of the community from which the members come plus there they treat their women like princesses. It is located in the Cuautlapan community, in the municipality of Ixtaczoquitlan in the state of VeraC., Mexico. The group is maD. up of 13 members. Alejandra O. M. is the president of the group - she sells snacks (peanuts, seeds, pork scratchings) and she has asked for 3,000 pesos with which to buy ingredients to prepare her snacks. Also in the group is Mrs. Rosa Maria C. F. who is 34 years old and only went to primary school. She makes and sells tamales, which she sells in the streets from a cart. On Wednesdays she sells them together with her husband who works in the same business. They have been selling tamales for 21 years and she is asking for a loan in order to buy plantain leaves in which to wrap the tamales. She is married and has 4 children of 19, 17, 15 and 12 years of age. She began selling tamales from her house but after the birth of her children she needed to go out with her husband into the street to sell them and increase their sales. This business is the family's only source of income; thanks to the business they have been able to build a house on land they inherited and educate their children, all of whom are currently studying and also helping to sell tamales. As well as buying a small second-hand van to use to transport the tricycle from which they sell their tamales to other communities and increase their sales, she dreams of one day buying some land and having rooms for rent and securing a future for when she can no longer work, and perhaps buying a new car. All of this will help to grow her business thanks to loans.

The other members of this group and their occupations are:

Elizabeth H. F., selling clothes;

Guadalupe Fidelia R. Gómez, grocery store;

María Isabel Báez A., selling ceramics;

María Silvia M. Martínez, selling clothes;

Leticia León Sánchez, selling Tupperware and pewter;

Bibiana Ivonne D. L. C. Ramírez, selling shoes from a catalogue;

Inés Rosa F. Martínez, buying and selling recycled goods,

Janette S. Vásquez, selling bags;

Ana Patricia ElizalD. Báez, selling snacks;

Marisol Ríos C., selling blankets and sandals;

and María Teresa Álvarez Cerón, selling clothes.

In this group: Ines Rosa , Maria Silvia , Maria Teresa *, Leticia , Alejandra , Janette , Bibiana Ivonne , Guadalupe Fidelia , Rosa Maria , Marisol *, Ana Patricia , Maria Isabel , Elizabeth
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lara Francis

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