A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy corn to make tortillas.

Cruz De Cantera Group's story

This group is called 'Cruz de Cantera' (Stone Cross) because opposite the business where the group meetings take place there is a stone cross which is approximately 100 years old. It is a symbol of the region along with other symbols which characterize the town of Aculco which is considered a “Pueblo Mágico” (Magic Town). The group is located in the State of Mexico and has 10 members.

Aurelia G. is the group's treasurer. She is 36 years old and completed her primary education. She has one child and has been selling tortillas for 7 years. She is requesting this loan to buy corn at a lower price because during this harvest season in the region, the price of corn falls. It is a strategy which she has used in the past and it has had good results.

Her customers believe that Aurelia's product is good and has that special touch. This is why they consume her product. Aurelia delivers to people's homes in neighboring communities. She also has customers in the State of Queretaro (who consume her product every week) and in the State of Puebla (who consume her product every fortnight). Aurelia started selling tortillas from her home, delivering her product on a bicycle. Through a lot of hard work she managed to buy a vehicle 5 years ago which has helped her a lot with her deliveries.

At the moment of requesting her loan, Aurelia feels sure that she can get ahead in life with the moral support of her fellow group members. In the not-so-distant future, she would like to acquire a plot of land through her hard work and the support of her lenders.

In this group: Gabriela, Elvira, Alma Elia, Yeni, Silvia, Felipa, Aurelia, Gloria, Erica, Patricia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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