A loan of $3,275 helped a member purchase supplies for making snow cones.

Mujeres De Hoy Group's story

This photograph was taken at the business of Marisol S. M., a member of the group “Mujeres de Hoy” (Women of Today). This group is from the community of San Pablo Huantepec in the town of Jilotepec, State of Mexico, in Mexico. The members of the group are photographed at Marisol’s snow cone stand. She started her natural snow cone business a year ago. Marisol is requesting a loan to buy containers and ingredients that are needed to make her product. She says that she currently has a limited supply of materials; therefore she only offers a few flavors. With this loan she hopes to diversify her product and attract more customers. However, she needs these items to maintain her business. Her customers consist of travelers, which explains why her stand is located on the side of the road and constantly changes location since she looks for strategic areas where she can improve her sales.

Sra. María de los Santos M. S. is Marisol’s mother. They have been working together making snow cones for three years. Just like her daughter, María started her working so that she could gain experience. She now wants to start her own business and live independently because she believes there may come a time in the future when her children won’t be able to support her financially. María thought it would be best to have her own small business so that she could save and build up some assets for when she is not able to work so that she and her husband can continue to live decently. Upon applying for this loan, María was very excited because she wants to be self-sufficient for many years to come and believes this project will help her do that. She is 46 years old, married, and has four children (three daughters and a son). María has a sixth grade education. She will use her loan to buy snow cone cups, ice chests, glasses, scoops, spoons, and raw materials needed to start her business. She expects to generate income gradually so that she can save for a better future.

Maricela S. M. is the group president. She is 22 years old, married, and has two daughters who are both 3 years old. Maricela completed her education through the third year of high school. She started a pizzeria a year ago. Maricela is requesting a loan to buy a screened door for her business so that her shop stays clean. She wants to provide her children with the opportunity to study.

The group consists of 12 members. This is the first time they have requested a loan from CrediComún. The other members are as follows:

- Sandra Saray Pérez H. (sells shoes through a catalog)
- Rosa Ana C. García (sells bedspeads through a catalog)
- Lesli L. C. (sells lingerie through a catalog)
- Margarita García Zúñiga (sells Omni Life products)
- Erika Anell Martínez C. (sells clothing)
- Ernestina Pérez B. (sells tortillas)
- Ramona M. V. (manages a grocery store)
- Aurelia R. Domínguez (manages a grocery store)
- Fany Vianey C. M. (sells tortillas)

In this group: Sandra Saray, Maricela, Rosa Ana, Lesli, Margarita, Erika Anell, Ernestina, Ramona, Marisol, Maria De Los Santos, Aurelia, Fany Vianey

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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