A loan of $4,000 helped a member to buy seed and manure.

Mariposas Emprendedoras Group's story

This group is called “Mariposas Emprendedoras” (Enterprising Butterflies). The name was chosen because just like butterflies they like to seek new horizons. It is located in the State of México. The community is noted for maintaining their Mazahua linguistic roots and traditional costumes. Most of the residents sell vegetables which they farm themselves for the most part. The group has 11 members and this is the ninth time they’ve requested a loan since they have been helpful in their sales, production and they have helped their business grow.

One of the members is Elizabeth, 27. She completed secondary school. She’s a housewife but a merchant at the same time. She comments that the business is vital to be able to meet household expenses that crop up daily. She has two children who are 8 and 1 years old.

Elizabeth sells vegetables that she herself grows according to the season such as: peas, beans, string-beans, squash and squash blossoms. For her, the opportunity to get a loan is of great help because she can invest more easily in her vegetable crops.

Her dedication to work has maD. it possible for her to have improved family and economic stability. She will use the loan to buy seed and manure that she needs for her crops. She dreams with one day being able to increase her crop yields in order to proviD. better education for her children so that they will have professions.

In this group: Gloria*, Elizabeth, Valentina, Martin*, Octaviana, Rosa Maria, Antonia, Olivia, Virginia, Julia, Maribel
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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