A loan of $3,050 helped a member to invest in her business and service her mill.

Valientes Group's story

This group is called “Valientes” (Brave Ones) and is located in the Mexican state of Morelos. It has 9 members and this is the first time they have requested a loan from CrediComún.

Ignacia S. M., 49, is a group member. She has a nixtamal (tortilla dough) mill. This activity has been beneficial to her because most of the people in her locality make tortillas at home every day to eat. Therefore, the service Ignacia provides is basic which has provided her with guaranteed daily income. This has allowed her to improve her locale because at the beginning it was made from cardboard sheets, as was her house, and now it is stone.

She uses the loan to provide maintenance and repair for the mill and to buy parts, like gears and bearings, to replace deteriorated ones. These parts need to be changed periodically due to use and this isn’t counting some breakdowns caused by the machine’s age since it has been in operation for 60 years.

She has 6 children (3 boys: Gustavo, 23, Daniel, 19 and José Manuel, 17, and Antonia, 28, Juana, 26 and Guadalupe, 21).

She has been in this line of work for 26 years. Her son Daniel is currently in college in the state of México and she has to work to support his efforts because she’s always dreamed with her children becoming professionals.

In this group: Antonia, Anatolia, Guadalupe, Maria Felix, Caritina, Erika, Maria Antonia, Ignacia, Sebastiana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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