A loan of $3,925 helped a member to sell fruit and vegetables.

La Carrera Group's story

The “La Carrera” group is located in the community of Dotegiare, San Felipe del Progreso, a community that’s totally Mazahua. The community is large and located on the skirts of a mountain. To get to it one must travel quite a bit. Although there is a highway in good condition there is no taxi or bus service. People relate that it’s quite normal for them to walk quite a bit to get into or to leave their community. However, they are now used to this and the road doesn’t even seem very long to them anymore.

The community’s economic activity is farming or commerce since they raise such animals as lambs, pigs, chickens and turkeys to sell. This is a way of earning extra income more for the women than the men because the men to out to work and many of them go to México City to look for work.

The La Carrera group has a representative, Victoria, who tells us about her business. Her business is selling vegetables. She sells squash, carrots, squash blossoms, cactus paddles, chayote, cilantro, onions, etc. It’s been a little more than four years now that she ventured to sell vegetables in her community. She does not have a fixed location to sell so she does it going house to house to offer her merchandise. It’s quite difficult for her to walk so much carrying her vegetables. She also has to calculate the weight to sell by the kilo and often people insist on more because they claim the kilo is short. These are the things that sometimes discourage her to continue with the business.

Victoria plans to use the loan to buy more vegetables to go out to sell and have a bit more profits and she uses the items she doesn’t sell to prepare her meals at home. She’d very much like to have a locale of her own to sell several things and to have a large store in order to not have to be wandering about anymore and be able to stay at home with her business.

Victoria has three children going to school. She’s 37 years old and has been married 14 years. She lives wither family in her own house and her husband works in México City.

The rest of the group members are:

1.-María Ángela, she raises sheep and chickens to sell
2.-María Bonifacia, she makes napkins and embroiders
3.-Fidelina, she has a grocery store
4.-Alejandra, makes napkins, sews and also knows how to embroider
5.-Julia, raises and sells sheep
6.-Ernestina, raises chickens and turkeys
7.-Noe, raises sheep to sell
8.-María, knows how to embroider and sells tablecloths
9.-Abel, has a grocery store in his community

There are 10 members in the La Carrera group and they named it that way after a community that’s very near them and they like the name very much; that’s why they decided to name their group that.

In this group: Maria Angela, Maria Bonifacia, Victoria, Fidelina, Alejandra, Julia, Ernestina, Noe, Maria, Abel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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