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Compañeritas Group
In this Group: Aglael Elizabeth, Aurelia, Lizette Ariana, Maria Del Carmen, Maria *, Wendy Zulema
* not pictured
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.
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Las Compañeritas son un grupo solidario que acaba de recibir su primer crédito y que esta conformado por 7 mujeres que viven al poniente de la ciudad de Monterrey. Ellas escogieron el nombre de las Compañeritas porque sienten que son unas compañeras que se ayudan las unas a las otras cuando necesitan apoyo. La mayoría de las mujeres del grupo venden comidas, zapatos y ropa.

Doña Aurelia es una de las mujeres que integran el grupo. Aurelia tiene 69 años y es viuda, pero cuenta con la compañía de sus 3 hijos los cuales trabajan, uno en un ejido, otro es chófer y la mujer trabaja limpiando una casa. Aurelia comenzó con su negocio de venta de tacos, tamales y hamburguesas hace 8 años por necesidad. Ella antes trabajaba limpiando una casa, pero dejó de trabajar porque tenía que cuidar a sus nietos mientras los hijos se iban a trabajar. Fue entonces cuando decidió empezar con este negocio de comidas ahí en su casa. Aurelia va a usar el dinero del crédito porque ocupa comprar un tanque de gas para poder cocinar afuera que es donde sirve las comidas porque actualmente se tiene entrar a preparar la comida a la cocina de su casa y es muy incómodo para ella. Aurelia espera que con las ganancias de estas ventas pueda adecuar su casa para poder agrandar su pequeño restaurante y así poder tener mas clientela para ayudar a sus hijos y nietos y darles una mejor vida.

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
  • 40
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,559,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.6
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Compañeritas Group's $1,475 loan helped a member to buy cooking fuel.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 30, 2011
Dec 5, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2012