A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy canvas covers, blankets, fruit, vegetables, lingerie and shoe catalogs, clothing and supplies to make Mexican snacks.

Las Cariñositas Group's story

The "Las Cariñositas" (The Caring Ones) group is made up of 11 members who are from the Santa C. neighborhood of Valle de Chalco in the state of México. The members are: Micaela R. M. (who sells robes/housecoats), Judith L. Martínez (who makes cookies), Verónica R. F. (who sells lingerie and shoes by catalog), Pedro A. M. (who sells fruit and vegetables), Concepción A. C. (who has a mechanic's shop), Rocío A. V. (who does floral arrangements), Delfina A. García (who sells lingerie), Aurora López C. (who sells cosmetics and perfumes), Brenda Tania A. Martínez (who sells shoes by catalog), Janeth Araceli Hernández López (who sells clothing) and Cristina R. Méndez (who sells snacks.)

Pedro A. M. is the only man in the group; for this reason, they decided to call him "el cariñosito." He is 47 years old and has a family that includes 3 children (only one of whom is in school) and his wife Elvia. He has worked as a taxi driver for 23 years, but when he saw that the needs of his family were growing he decided to start up a new business. In this way he began selling fruit and vegetables. He sells every day in the different street markets in his community. Pedro goes out to stock his business with fruit and vegetables at 3 in the morning so that he can find the best prices and high quality products, since that is how you build a customer base. The best selling days are Sundays, and when there are things that don't sell, he gives them to the people who are in need so that they don't spoil. Pedro plans to get another fruit and vegetable stall so that he can give his son a good future.

With the loan that has been provided, he decided to invest in canvas covers, blankets, fruit and vegetables. With the earnings he obtains he wants to do maintenance on his truck, since this is the way that he transports his merchandise.

Las Cariñositas feel very fortunate that the lenders of Kiva are willing to lend their assistance so that they can succeed.

In this group: Micaela, Judith, Veronica, Pedro, Concepcion*, Rocio, Delfina, Aurora, Brenda Tania, Janeth Araceli, Cristina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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