A loan of $7,700 helped a member to stock their grocery store with sugar, milk, eggs, salt, fried foods, drinks, biscuits, oil, etc.

Cuatro Fantasticos Group's story

José Luis is 48 years old. He is married to Soira, who helps him in his grocery store. They have two children who study at secondary school. He is part of a group called 'Los Cuatro Fantásticos' [The Fantastic Four] and he says that they came up with this name because there is four of them, they all commit themselves fully to their work and they are all entrepreneurs who have made their businesses work well.

José Luis has a grocery store in an area called Crescencio Morales, where people still talk and dress according to the Mazahua culture. He says that he has had his business for more than 6 years and he explains that he located it there because there weren't so many shops there before and as he has a good range of products people don't need to travel to other places to buy what they need to live.

Apart from this José Luis also has a couple of taxis in Mexico City and he goes there to work in this activity and watch over it for part of the week. He is requesting a loan from the MFI to buy products such as oil, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, biscuits, toilet paper, chlorine, detergents, soaps, light bulbs, etc. He says that he will stock up from shops in Mexico City in order to well stock his business, which is the best stocked in the area.

The three other members of the group are Maribel, Idilberto and Lilia. They will invest their loan in buying seasonal fruit and vegetables, in a poultry shop to sell chickens per kilo and in a drinks store.

In this group: Jose Luis, Maribel, Idilberto, Lilia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Darby

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