A loan of $2,725 helped a member to purchase ingredients for making food items.

Central Dos Group's story

The group, “Central Dos,” is made up of five entrepreneurial, hardworking women, all of whom are from the city of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, which is known for its rich cuisine. One of the traditional dishes is an iguana stew, and another is chicatana tacos (red ant tacos).

All the members of the group have worked at the central bus station in their community for over ten years, since the creation of the station. Elena is the representative of this group. She is 36 years old, and makes a living selling traditional Mexican foods, such as enchiladas, quesadillas, pizzas and tortas. She has been selling food for 13 years, and before she began working in the bus station, she sold food in the streets of her community.

One of her reasons for starting her food sales business was her lack of education and therefore her inability to find work. She was a single mother who needed a way to feed her three kids, Miguel, Rubí and Gabriel. Her children help her make and sell food when they finish school in the afternoon, and they offer food items to the drivers and passengers who pass through the terminal.

At seven in the evening, when the vans and buses make their final trips and the station closes, Elena and her children clean their food stand and the surrounding area, so that the next day their customers will find the place clean and orderly. Elena is grateful for the support she has received from Fundación Realidad (Reality Foundation), and she plans to utilize the support from the loan to purchase ingredients for making traditional Mexican food dishes.

The other group members are:

Maria Guadalupe – food sales
Gloria Itzayana – food sales
Reynalda – food sales
Martha Angélica – food sales

The groups members are thankful to Fundación Realidad for their support.

***This photo was taken at the bus terminal, where there are always many people buying and selling various goods, and those people appear in the background of the group photo. However, the group members are the only people who are looking at the camera (except for the girl who drinking juice; she is Maria Guadalupe’s daughter. Maria Guadalupe is the woman at the far right in the photo).

In this group: Elena , Maria Guadalupe , Gloria Itzayana, Reynalda , Martha Angélica

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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