A loan of $4,150 helped a member buying merchandise to increase sale of cornmeal and Mexican food.


Las Atrevidas Group's story

Maria Estela L. C. is the president of a group of 11 women, each of whom works in different areas. They got together to ask for a loan from Fundación Realidad ("Reality Foundation"). The group is called Las Atrevidas ("The Daring Ones"). They gave themselves this name because they dare to ask for money for their businesses. The women know each other because they have had experience with other group loans with another institution, but they decided to change looking for better service and lower interest rates.

Maria Estela is a native and resident of a community called San Marcos in Costa Chica in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The community has 13,000 residents, as it is the municipal capital. Its inhabitants work mainly in agriculture or business.

Maria is 39 years old and has a secondary education. She is married to a taxi driver. They have two children who are in primary school. She has two economic activities that provide revenue she uses to help with household costs. In the mornings, she works in a corn mill where she mills corn and sells cornmeal. In the afternoons, she sells food like typical Mexican snacks. She has worked 11 years in the corn mill and two weeks selling food. She needs the loan to be able to grow her business. Additionally, she wants to add another direction to her business with vegetable sales, because she wants to continue growing through her work.

The following is a list of the members of the group and their work:

Maria Estela L. C. - Corn mill and food sales
Maria Luisa D. Teresa - Clothing sales
Clemencia M. V. - Cooking for food sales
Susana C. García - Drink sales
Petra Jiménez R. - Fruit and vegetable sales
Maria Matilde D. T. - Fruit and vegetable sales
Alejandra C. S. - Baking and selling bread
Pedro C. J. - Cooking for food sales
Gloria Jiménez V. - Drink sales
Paula M. R. - Fruit and vegetable sales
Epifania T. L. - Candy sales

In this group: Maria Estela, Maria Luisa, Clemencia*, Susana , Petra, Maria Matilde, Alejandra, Pedro, Gloria, Paula, Epifania
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lydia Brantley


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