A loan of $4,700 helped a member to purchase ingredients to prepare fast foods, including corn, chicken, chili, cheese, and lettuce.

Rio Grande Las Gaviotas Group's story

The name of this group is "Rio Grande Las Gaviotas". It is called this because the majority of the members are women who are like seagulls for being free in their businesses and for being ready to face any obstacle that comes their way. They are always trying to fly as high as they can to meet their objectives. They belong to the community of Rio Grande, meaning "standing stone".

The representative of this group is Gloria. She is a very hardworking woman who lives with her partner, Juan, and she has 3 children. She has a catering business in her house, serving sopes (corn bowls with various savory toppings), breaded chicken, and tamales. She requests a loan to purchase ingredients to prepare her recipes. She wants to invest a little more into her business. With the funds, she plans on purchasing corn husks, chicken, chili, and corn to make sopes and hand-made tortillas. She has been in the business for 30 years and she says that she is successful, especially because her recipes are so delicious. The majority of her neighbors buy her products and it is thanks to this business that she has been able to support her children and to send them to school.

The following are the members of the group:

Susana: shoe sales
Rosa: poultry sales
Esbeide and Gloria: catering
Francisca and Gonzala: clothing sales
Marina: sale of spare parts for bicycles
Virginia: sale of blankets by catalogue
Candida: silver jewelry sales
Susana: sale of tamales and tortillas
Sebastian: brick sales
T.: seafood sales

In this group: Susana, Rosa Reyna, Esbeide, Francisca, Marina, Gloria, Virginia, Candida, Gonzala, Susana, Sebastian, Tolentino

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