A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy tools she will use in her garage.

Cascabeles Group's story

Mrs. Maria Rosenda G. P. lives in Tecpatan, Chiapas, Mexico. She is married with three children. Seventeen-year-old Hugo is in the sixth semester of his "bachillerato" (an academic high school program). Franklin, age 14, is also in high school. Karla Yadira is only 12 years old; she is a Grade 6 elementary school student.

Maria repairs cars in a garage. She wants a loan so that she can upgrade her shop, which will allow her to provide better service. Maria has had this business for seven years, and says that things are going well. Working as a mechanic has allowed her to care for her children even though her husband abandoned them.

Maria's father inspired her by teaching her how to repair vehicles. After her husband left her, she started repairing cars once again. Her work has allowed her to keep her household running and provide an education for her children.

More than anything, Maria wants to keep working so that her children can continue their education. If she can do this, even her future grandchildren will be better off.

The three other members of this group are Mrs. Maria J. S., Mrs. Tomasa S. Pomentel and Mrs. Rosa de Carmen G. Pereza. Maria sells snacks like pozole (barley and beans), tacos, empanadas (stuffed pastries) and tostadas. Tomasa sells food at a market, while Rosa makes chorizo sausages and hammocks.

In this group: Maria, Tomasa, Rosa Del Carmen, Maria Rosenda

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