A loan of $2,750 helped a member to purchase liquid fertilzer for chili pepper planting.

Los Mangos Group's story

Los Mangos Group is comprised of nine happy, hard-working women who are engaged in various business activities. They are all from a small town called “Los Tres Ríos” (The Three Rivers) or better known as the “La Nueva Esperanza” (The New Hope). It is a beautiful place where there are many trees and a main river that is divided into three large rivers. The community celebrates El Día de Muertos” (The Day of the Dead), a tradition where people honor the dead with offerings and the children go out with their baskets asking for offerings.

One of the members of this group is Señora Fortunata Teresa. She is 43 years old. She provides the services of her mill, where she grinds corn. She has also been growing chili peppers for the past seven years. Doña Fortunata, as she is better known by her companions in the group, tells us that her customers come to grind corn in the mornings and the evenings because she only grinds twice a day.

What she likes most about her mill business is grinding the corn for her customers and giving them good service, and what she likes most about growing the chili peppers is planting and harvesting. One of the things that prevent her from continuing her mill business is that sometimes the mill doesn’t want to grind the corn and her customers despair because the mill is a little old.

Doña Fortunata is requesting the loan to purchase more liquid fertilizer for planting and to purchase stones for her mill. She is happily married to Señor Seferino who is 50 years old. They have two children, Rufino and Florinda, who they love very much. She thanks the foundation for supporting her so that her business grows more each day enabling them to have a better life.

The other members of the group are as follows:
Carmela who sells chickens
Minerva who sells handicrafts
Ausencia who sells fruit
Anayeli who sells snacks
Alejandrina Paula who sells cheese
Mónica who provides hair styling services
Liliana who sells groceries
Romana who sells bread

They are thankful to the foundation for helping them improve their lives and so enabling them to provide their children with a better life.

In this group: Carmela, Minerva, Fortunata Teresa, Ausencia, Anayeli, Alejandrina Paula, Monica, Liliana, Romana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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