A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy tortillas and maintain a delivery motorcycle.

El Sol Group's story

Tereso is a member of the “El Sol” Group, which is composed of 12 persons, each of whom pursues a different economic activity. Tereso is 41 years old, only studied through primary school, and is married to Eugenia with whom he has 3 children, 2 of whom are sons.

Tereso says that for many years he worked in the countryside but having found only seasonal work, he needed to look for an activity that he could maintain year round, since he needed to provide for his family. He says that in his community they are accustomed to men selling tortillas from motorbikes, delivering to the doors of houses. It seemed to him a profitable business and he bought his own motorcycle.

For 3 years now he has been selling tortillas. Initially, he only sold within his community, but at present, he goes out to neighboring localities to sell. Given the fact that he is well known now, every day he just has to deliver orders.

Tereso wishes to invest his loan in motorcycle maintenance, and to buy tortillas to be resold. Moreover, he hopes that his business will continue progressing and, little by little, to gain more customers, since in the future, he would like to buy a larger motorcycle.

The activities of the other members are as follows:
Sacramento sells groceries
Alvaro cultivates corn
Maria Luisa sells groceries
Teofila sells soft drinks
Maria Esther raises pigs
Mariela sellsl soft drinks
Rebecca sells clothing
Omar sells articles for the home (tupperware)
Dario provides transportation services
Paula sells tortillas
Maria Antonio sells chicken

In this group: Sacramento , Alvaro , Maria Luisa , Tereso , Teofila , Maria Esther, Mariela, Rebeca, Omar , Dario *, Paula , Maria Antonia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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