A loan of $1,725 helped a member to buy more food, and a set of larger steamers for her food stand.

Luciernagas Group's story

"Luciernagas" (Fireflies) is a solidarity group made up of seven very hard-working and intelligent women, who are concerned about the well-being of their families. They called the group this, because they liked the name. They are in their first loan cycle, and their meetings are in the municipality of Garcia, in the state of Nuevo Leon.

One of the members of the team is Yolanda. She is 47, married, and has children; but all are adults and already married. She is only looking after a four year-old grandson. She lives in the municipality of Garcia, in the state of Nuevo Leon.

On weekdays, Yolanda sells tacos de guisos (tortillas filled with prepared meats, vegetables and sauces) at construction sites. She sells to the construction workers to whom she extends credit, and then collects from at the end of the week for what they have eaten. On weekends she sells barbecue and menudo (tripe) in General Escobedo, Nuevo Leon. Her husband helps her make the food, and transports it in a truck.

She chose this business, since besides the fact that she likes to cook, it pleases her that people enjoy a good meal in their free time. In addition, she wanted to find a way of helping her husband and children with the household expenses and other needs. She will use the loan to stock up on food and to buy a set of larger steamers, as she has a lot of customers.

One of Yolanda's greatest dreams is to have a fixed stand, with a larger structure, and a few tables and chairs, so that her patrons also have the option of eating right there, including the workers from the construction site.

In this group: Ana Maria, Erika Gabriela, Ma Yolanda, Maria De Los Angeles, Paulina Elizabeth, Yajaira Elizabeth, Ma Del Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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