A loan of $5,925 helped a member to buy ingredients to make food.

El Charquito Group's story

Señora Edith is 36. She belongs to a town called El Charquito in a nice place where there is a beautiful river where people go swimming and spend nice weekends with their families. Doña Edith tells us that she is proud of the community where she lives, and her compatriots are hard-working and honest people that are dedicated to various economic activities.

Doña Edi, as her group members call her, sells food like: chicken soup, beef and vegetable soup, soft tacos with cured meat, enchilada meat, intestines, and cheese and chicken empanadas. She also sells soft drinks, Sabrita-brand snacks, and yogurt.

She is happily married to señor Antonio, a hard-working and honest man who works in the field harvesting corn. She has four children: Everardo, Karen Arlet, Yamilet, and Ingrid Yaret. They are the reason she gets up every day with strength to work and improve herself so her children will be proud of their mother.

She told us one of her best experiences with her business: "Two years ago, I only sold tacos made with intestines or cured meat. I decided to approach the Fundación to receive a loan." Thanks to the loan, she bought more meat and vegetables and some tables to work more. She also decided to sell cured meat, and with time, she started selling lunches, meals, and dinners. With what she earned, she bought juices, soft drinks, Sabrita-brand snacks, yogurt, vegetables, hot peppers, meat, and a large refrigerator. She finally remodeled her business so that it was bigger and to call attention to it so people would want to sit down to eat in a clean place with very delicious food and hand-made tortillas.

What most fills Doña Edith with happiness is knowing that with the support of the Fundación, she has been able to grow her business and improve the life of her children so that as time passes, they will have the resources they need to fulfill their dreams.

Doña Edith used her loan to buy more ingredients to make food like: green chilis, dried chilis, onions, vegetables, beef, chicken, cheeses, and more soft drinks to sell.

She tells us that she is happy for everything that has been given to her like becoming familiar with the Fundación, which is like her family because it helped her make her dreams a reality, which was to have her own taco business.

The other members of the group are:

Teodora - who sells chickens
Adelina - who sells tacos
Catalina - who sells clothing
Rosa - who sells clothing
Virginia - who sells clothing
Hortensia - who sells Mexican comfort food
Ángela Rutila - who sells raw matierals
Antonia - who sells clothing
Argelia –who sells clothing
Ana Maria - who sells tacos
Dominoza - who sells Mexican comfort food
Teodora Marina - who sells bread
Evodía - who sells chickens

They are thankful to the Funcación for the support it has given them so they can grow their businesses and improve their lives and so their community will have more businesses.

In this group: Teodora , Edith , Adelina , Catalina , Rosa , Virginia , Hortencia , Angela Rutila , Antonia , Argelia , Ana Maria , Dominoza , Teodora Maria *, Evodia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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