A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy ingredients for tacos, such as chicken and chorizo.

Flor Mechoacan Group's story

This group is called “Flor Mechoacan” because the members are from the town of Mechoacan. The word “flor” (flower) was chosen since all the members are women, which explains the name “Flor Mechoacan”. This community has a population consisting of indigenous people of Mixtec descent who work day after day so that they can earn money to support their families.

Sra. Patricia Hernández M. is the group representative. She is married to Sr. Abel, who is a field laborer. They have two children in school. Patricia is requesting a loan to buy supplies for preparing food. She sells beef tacos and golden tacos with chicken and chorizo sausage. In addition to this business, she also has a small variety store that helps to cover her family’s expenses. Patricia’s goal is to expand her variety store so that her children can continue to study and be better prepared.

Marcelina Hernández Q. is another member of the group. She is an admirable woman who has been constantly working after she became widowed so that her children can stay ahead. Marcelina sells tostadas in her community. She is requesting a loan to buy more supplies for making tostadas. In addition to selling tostadas, she also manufactures “comals” (traditional griddles made of clay used for making tortillas by hand).

Marcelina works every day to support her children, as well as feed and educate them. She has five children altogether, two of whom work and help with the expenses while the three younger ones are in school. Her dream is to provide her children with a good education so that they can pursue careers that will give them better opportunities in the future and not have to endure the struggles they are facing now.

Most of the members in this group sell snacks such as tacos and tostadas. Only one member sells household products.

In this group: Maria Soledad, Ester Rodriguez, Rosa , Martina, Escolastica, Consepcion, Heriberta Eusebia, Patricia , Rosa , Marcelina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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