A loan of $3,850 helped a member to buy fruits and vegetables to sell.

La Carrera Group's story

The following group is called "La Carrera." The members belong to the community of Dotegiare, which is located in the municipality of San Felipe del Progreso. The members of this group decided to give their group this name since to them it represents a race with life. They believe that life is like a race which always has to be won, and this is the base of their constant effort. This is a characteristic Mazahua community with very hard-working people with knowledge of Mazahua handcrafts and pride in their roots. Even though it is a small community, the people are very hardworking. This group decided to unite to be able to undertake productive activities.

The names of the members and their respective business activities are the following:
1.- María Ángela B. (buy soft drinks and sweets to sell)
2.- María Bonifacia G. (buy napkins, tablecloths, and thread, to embroider and sell)
3.- Victoria S. (buy fruits and vegetables to sell)
4.- Alejandra M. (buy five sheep to sell)
5.- María S. (buy two sheep to sell)
6.- María del Carmen S. (buy groceries to sell)
7.- Ma. Elena T. (buy groceries to sell
8.- Virginia M. (buy groceries to sell)
9.- Catalina R. (buy groceries to sell
10.- Rosaura L. (buy four sheep to raise and sell)
11.- Celia C. (buy groceries to sell)
12.- Juana M. (buy sweets to sell)

Doña Victoria is a 39-year-old woman who went to school through the sixth year of primary school and works in her home. She is the representative of this group and was married 15 years ago to Señor Doroteo. Together they have 3 children, ages 15, 11, and 9, who are now in school. Señora Victoria is a client of FRAC and is very responsible and optimistic. She is applying for this loan because her work is selling fruits and vegetables. On this occasion she will buy red tomatoes, green tomatoes, chiles, onions, potatoes, nopal (cactus), bananas, and mangoes. She buys her fruit every 8 days in a town called Atlacomulco, and she takes it to her house where she sells it, or she goes out to offer it door to door. She had the idea to begin this business to help with the school expenses and support of her children, since for the moment her husband is not with her. She has two years of experience in this business, and she comments that it has gone very well for her, and the only problem that she has had in developing her business is an illness in her feet that makes her very tired when she walks around to offer her fruits and vegetables. She says that the loan will help her a lot since she will invest it and get earnings that will help her quite a bit with her expenses. In the future Señora Victoria would like to buy a means of transportation which will make transport of her products easier and won't cause soreness in her feet.

In this group: María Ángela, María Bonifacia, Victoria, Alejandra, María, María Del Carmen, Ma. Elena, Virginia, Catalina, Rosaura, Celia, Juana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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