A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy tortillas, a variety of chiles, meat, salt, oil, tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro, cabbage, meal, beans, rice, and natural gas.

Laguna Chica Group's story

Maria Antonia is one of the members of a group called Laguna Chica, which is made up of ten people who are very hardworking and friendly. Maria Antonia is 53 years old. She went to school until secondary school, and is the mother of 5 children. Only one of her children is still dependent on her and is in his fourth semester of distance learning high school. She tell sus that a year and three months ago she started her low cost food business because she wants to get her son ahead, giving him an education and offering him a better quality of life. She also says that she has to work very hard to get ahead since the economy is always getting worse.

She tells us how she does her low cost food business. She gets up very early to prepare her food, cooking a variety of traditional food from her area. She sets out some chairs and tables in her business and waits for customers to arrive. She is very happy because she has more customers every day.

Maria Antonia needs this loan to buy tortillas, a variety of chiles, meat, salt, oil, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, cabbage, meal, beans, rice and natural gas to do her business and sell her food.

She hopes that with this investment her business will prosper because she wants to continue with it. It gives her the opportunity to get her family ahead. She also tells us that she is very happy with the Foundation for the opportunity it is giving her.

The rest of the members of the group are:
Rafaela-selling Mexican snacks
Claudia-selling food
Mariscotit-selling shoes
Lidia-selling clothes
Iris Janeth-selling Mexican snacks
Reyna-nutrition club
Maria D. Rocio-selling groceries
Guillermina-selling candies

In this group: Rafaela, Claudia, Mariscotit*, Lidia Ivett, Maria Antonia, Iris Janeth, Reyna, Maria Del Rocio, Guillermina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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