A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy 'carne enchilada' (pork), 'suadero' (thin cut of beef), steak, 'longaniza' (spicy pork sausage) and vegetables for making taquitos, and to buy school supplies and a uniform for her son.

El Mirador Group's story

This group is called 'El Mirador'. Its members are:
Cristina - who will use her loan to buy bread, 'conchas' (sweet buns), 'telera' (a type of bread) and 'borrachos' (a type of sweet bread)
Roció Irene - who will buy eggs, sugar, beans and soft drinks
Juana - who will buy brooms, brushes, cloths, and Fabuloso and Carasol cleaning products
Ariana - who will buy 'carne enchilada' (pork), 'suadero' (a thin cut of beef), tortillas and vegetables for making tacos
María Magdalena - who will buy napkins and 'fomi' (craft foam) for making handicrafts.

Ariana is 25 years old and studied up to the sixth year of elementary school. She lives with her common-law husband and has two sons. Her eldest son is six years old and in elementary school. Her other son is 15 months old. Ariana has a business selling taquitos. She requested a loan to buy 'suadero' (a thin cut of beef), 'carne enchilada' (pork), steak, 'longaniza' (spicy pork sausage) and vegetables. She will also use part of the money to buy the supplies and uniform that her son needs for school.

Ariana started her business seven years ago because she likes eating taquitos made with 'suadero' and 'carne enchilada'. When she started her business, her neighbor lent her a taco tray and she used some savings to buy the meat and supplies she needed to make her taquitos. Her business is important because of the profits it makes her. She enjoys serving her customers and she has the income she needs to repay her loan and not let people down. She feels proud of her business when her customers tell her that her taquitos are delicious. Her business is well known because of the good taste of her tacos. Her business is located in her home. She sets up her stall on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Ariana will use some of her profits to repay her loan and some to cover her son's school expenses. Her dreams and hopes are to build a house and to do well so that she can live better.

The members of this group would like to say to Kiva and Fundación Realidad "We are very grateful that you are lending us money. This will enable us to achieve our goals and enjoy a better quality of life".

In this group: Cristina, Rocio Irene, Juana , Ariana , Maria Magdalena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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