A loan of $2,250 helped a member sales of clothes, tamales, groceries, fast food and beverages.

La Dueña Group's story

This solidarity group is called La Dueña (The Owner) because each member owns her own business. It is located in the Terraplen neighborhood in the town of Tierra Blanca which is in the state of Veracruz. The group has seven members who know each other because they are friends. This is loan #2 with Fundación Realidad.

The group representative is Amanda I. L., 39. She only finished 6th grade and is married to Mr. Javier Domínguez with whom she has four children: Julio Cesar, Héctor, Juan Carlos and Alexander, who are 23, 21, 12 and 4 years of age. Currently the younger ones still live at home with her and to elementary school and to preschool.

Over seventeen years ago she started her Mexican fast food sales business. She sells from Monday through Friday in the morning and during weekend evenings in a small passageway she built in front of her house.

Doña Amanda needs this loan to buy ingredients (beans, oil, corn, meat, tomatoes, cabbage, chilies, onions, tortillas, eggs and potatoes). She feels that if she invests more in her business her profits will increase and she will be able to provide schooling for her youngsters because she wants them to have a better quality of life in the future.

Mrs. Hipólita Rodríguez A. is also a member of the La Dueña group. She is 39 years old and finished third grade. She is married to Mr. Demetrio Domínguez with whom she has four children: three boys, Javier,22, Gabriel, 14, and Demetrio, 12, and a girl, María del Carmen, 20. The youngest ones go to elementary school.

Over four years ago Doña Hipólita started her own tamale selling business. She sells door to door and decided to start her own business because she says she earns more from her sales than as a salaried domestic employee. She needs the loan because she wants to set up a small grocery store at home. She tells us that she has the space but lacks economic resources to buy stock items (soap, beans, oil, sugar, rice, salt, candy and beverages) to open her little store. She hopes the business will be successful and provide good profits to continue investing in it and in her young children’s education.

The other five members are:

Gabriela A. M. – clothing sales
Josefina I. L. – tamale and taco sales
Valeria B. S. - groceries
Minerba M. A. – clothing and beverage sales
Isabel Esperanza Díaz G. – clothing sales

In this group: Gabriela, Josefina, Valeria, Minerba, Isabel Esperanza, Hipolita, Amanda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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