A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy ingredients to make fast food snacks.

Santa Cruz De Mechoacan Group's story

This group is called “Santa C. D. Mechoacan” because all its members live in the Santa C. neighborhood and their location is Santa Catarina Mechoacan and that’s why they named it so. Each member is in a different line of work that helps her survive economically. These women are indigenous people and very hard working.

Rosalba is one of the group’s members. She’s married to Aurelio who is a farmer. She has five children who are 15, 13, 12, 10 and 8 years of age. Two of them are in school and three of them work.

Rosalba requested the loan to buy ingredients to make fast food snacks because she has a small business at home where she sells enchiladas, crispy tacos, sopes and tostadas. She started the business six months ago due to the need she had because the money her husband earns from crops is insufficient and this is why she started the business.

She will use the loan to buy the ingredients she needs to make her products. She comments that competition does exist but, God willing; she’ll do very well in her sales. Profits she may earn are to help cover household expenses and for her two children’s education. Her greatest wish is that her children stay in school so that they will have their own source of income.

The members of the group are:

Rosalba, Angélica, Soledad, Estela, Ignacia, Altagracia, Ilda (Fast Food Sales)
Celerina y Emilia (Chicken Sales)
Reyna (Clay Pot Making)

In this group: Rosalba, Angelica Beatriz, Soledad, Estela, Ignacia, Altagracia, Celerina, Ilda, Emilia, Reyna

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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