A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy clothes for women, men and children.

Camino Real Group's story

Mrs. Maria Hilda belongs to the group called “Camino Real” (Great Highway). She said that they named the group this because this is the name of the road that goes by her house and ends in the archeological ruins of Zirahuato. Mrs. Hilda is 46 years old. She has studied in secondary school but she didn’t finish her studies because the preparatory school is far from her house and she didn’t have the money to pay for transportation. Mrs. Hilda is well known among her friends and neighbors. She sells clothes such as blouses, pants for children and men, bathing suits, etc. She has been doing this business for the past fifteen years. She sells her clothes in different places such as Zirahuato and Benito Juarez. She sells her clothes to friends and acquaintances that pay her in payments or by demand. She started this business as a way to help her husband with the family’s expenses. She buys the clothes at different outlets in Toluca City in the state of Mexico. One of the difficulties that she has is that her customers pay her in payments but they don’t always pay their payments and she looses the money. Mrs Hilda is married to Mr. Benito who has a small farm where he grows avocados, peaches and also cultivates gladiola flowers. They have four children, all of which are married. Her goal is to open a clothing business in her home that can be open daily.
Mr. Gildardo is part of the group called “Camino Real”. He is originally from Puntecillas, a place that is close to the archeological ruins of Zirahuato. He is 49 years old and has completed his studies up to the third year of secondary school. He didn’t finish his studies because he had to help his parents as they had other children to support. Mr. Gil is known for his friendships. He is asking for this loan, from Fundacion Real, for the maintenance and repair of his taxi. He has been driving a taxi for fourteen years. He likes this job as he gets to know many people and places in the country. One of the difficulties that he has is that there is a lot of competition and sometimes he doesn’t earn a lot. His wife helps with the household expenses. The other problem that he has had is that he had an accident and his taxi was damaged. He needs to have it repaired, as it is the way he earns a living. Mr. Gil is married to Maria Ortega who is a kindergarten teacher. They have four children, three of which are married. None of the children live with them. Their daughter, Yoselin, studies at the university in Morelia, Michoacán. Mr. Gildardo’s goal is to have a small farm where he can grow avocados so that he has another source of income. He wants his daughter to have a good career that can support her when she grows up. The other members of “Camino Real” are named Eloy and Mariela. They will invest their loan money in buying fruits and vegetables and buying groceries.

In this group: Eloy, Gildardo, Maria Hilda, Mariela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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