A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy utensils and merchandise for her business.

Mariposas Group's story

Las Mariposas (The Butterflies) is a communal bank in Credituyo composed of 8 women; it’s in its first cycle. They chose this simple name simply because they like butterflies. Most of the women in this group are merchants and sell a variety of products like clothes, shoes, perfume, jewelry and snacks.

Aurelia is one of the members of the group. She is 66 years old and has 5 children. All her children work; some as bricklayers, others work in repair shops and as secretaries. Aurelia used to have a hamburger stand that she ran with her husband. However, her husband passed away recently and keeping the business going by herself was very difficult for her, especially because of her diabetes.

Because of this, Aurelia decided to refurbish a room in her house to start selling snacks. Currently she only sells tostadas, duritos (crispy fried dough) and bollos (freezy pops). She wants to use the loan to buy an electric pot to melt cheese as well as the necessary ingredients to start selling nachos with cheese and other fried food items and regional snacks that are commonly made with melted cheese.

In this group: Aurelia, Amalia, Jacinta*, Maria Ana, Maria Yenny, Martha Alicia, Sonia Guadalupe, Yasmin Yessica
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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