A loan of $1,475 helped a member to buy cooking fuel.

Compañeritas Group's story

Las Compañeritas (Mates) is a united group that just received its first loan and is made up of seven ladies who live in Monterrey. They selected the name, “Las Compañeritas” because they feel very close and help one another when they need support. Most of the women in the group sell food, shoes, and clothing.

Aurelia is one of the women in the group. She’s 69 years old, a widow, and has three children who work. One is in a commune, another is a driver, and her daughter cleans houses. Aurelia started her business selling tacos, tamales, and hamburgers 8 years ago out of necessity. She used to work cleaning houses, but she stopped because she had to care for her grandchildren while her children went to work. It was then that she decided to start this food business in her home.

Aurelia will use the money from this loan to buy a tank of gas to be able to cook outside, where she serves the food. Right now she has to prepare the food in her kitchen and it’s very uncomfortable for her. She hopes that she will be able to finish her home with her earnings, so that she can expand her small restaurant and be able to have more customers so that she can help her children and grandchildren and give them a better life.

In this group: Aglael Elizabeth, Aurelia, Lizette Ariana, Maria Del Carmen, Maria*, Wendy Zulema
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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