A loan of $3,350 helped a member to invest in the family shoemaking business.

La Peñita Group's story

This group is called “La Peñita” (The Little Cliff) because the community where the members live is surrounded by cliffs. All the women in the group know each other; they have been friends for a long time and decided to form the group.

Mrs. Justina García manufactures shoes. She and her family work as a team. She and Mr. Fortunato Gómez Escalona with one of their children make ankle boots, laced boots, riding boots, moccasins, slippers and ankle boots with rubber tire soles. They are both wholesalers and retailers. The manufacturing process consists in the following steps: purchase raw materials, cut the leather, sew, assemble, finish and design. Justina does the last two of these steps: she makes the finishings and the designs on the shoes.

The business has been passed down from generation to generation through Fortunato’s family. This is the third generation in the business. Thanks to the business their children are professionals and one of them plans to continue with the family business and in the future even export their products.

In this group: Maria Martha, Maria Manuela, Justina, Carmen, Silvia, Angelica Maria, Maria Del Carmen, Martha Alicia, Lorena, Maria Del Rosario, Maria Dolores

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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