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La Carrera Group
In this Group: Maria Angela, Maria Bonifacia, Victoria, Fidelina, Alejandra , Julia , Ernestina, Noe , Maria , Abel
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.
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El grupo de la Carrera se encuentra ubicado en la comunidad de Dotegiare, San Felipe del progreso, es una comunidad totalmente de origen Mazahua,la comunidad es grande y esta en las faldas de un monte, para llegar al lugar hay que caminar mucho, aunque si hay una carretera en buen estado no pasa el servicio de taxi o de camion, la gente platica que es muy normal para ellos caminar mucho para salir o entrar a su comunidad, ya se acostumbraron y tampoco se les hace retirado el camino, la actividad economica de la comunidad es la agricultura ó comercio ya que crian animales como borregos, puercos, pollos y guajolotes para poderlos vender, es manera de poder tener ingresos extras mas que nada de las señoras ya que los hombres salen a trabajar y muchos de ellos se van a la ciudad de México en busca de un trabajo, En el grupo de la carrera se encuentra la representante y ella nos platica sobre su negocio, la señora se llama Victoria y su negocio es vender verduras, vende calabaza, zanahorias, flor de calabaza, nopales, chayotes, cilantro, cebolla etc; la señora tiene poco mas de 4 años que se animo a vender verdura en su comunidad, no tiene un lugar estable en el que pueda estar vendiendo, lo que hace es andar caminando casa por casa para ofrecer su mercancia, y se le dificulta mucho la caminada y andar cargando la verdura, tambien que le calcula en el peso para poder dar los kilos, pero muchas veces la gente siempre le pide mas porque dice que le falta para completar el kilo, son estas las cosas que en ocasiones desaniman a la señora de seguir con el negocio, la señora Victoria piensa invertir el crdito en comprar mas verdura para salir a vender y tener un poco mas de ganancias y tambien utilizar las cosas que no se vendan para que ella pueda hacer su comida en casa, le gustaria mucho a la señora tener un local propio para vender varias cosas y hacer una tienda grande dejar de caminar y estar en su casa con su negocio, doña Victoria tiene 3 hijos que van a la escuela, tiene 37 años y 14 años de casada, vive con su familia en casa propia y su esposo trabaja en la ciudad de México.El resto de los integrantes se llaman;
1.-Maria Angela, ella cria y venta de borregos y pollos
2.-Maria Bonifacia hace bordados y servilletas
3.-Fidelina tiene una tienda de abarrotes
4.-Alejandra hace servilletas, cose y tambien sabe bordar
5.-Julia, cria y vende borregos
6.-Ernestina, cria pollos y guajolotes
7.-Noe, cria borregos para vender
8.-Maria sabe bordar y vende manteles
9.-Abel tiene una tienda en su comunidad de abarrotes
Son 10 integrantes del grupo de la carrera y se nombraron así por una comunidad que esta muy cerca de la de ellos y les gusta mucho ese nombre, es la razón por la que desidieron ponerle este nombre a su grupo

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 37
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,559,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 11.8
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of La Carrera Group's $3,925 loan helped a member to sell fruit and vegetables.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
16 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 15, 2011
Aug 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2011