A loan of $6,125 helped a member to buy and sell fish.


Cerro Mojarra Group's story

In the Cerro Mojarra [Small Fry Fish Hill] community there is a group made up of 13 people. In this community one of the main sources of employment is fishing since there is a lagoon in this town.

The members of the group are: Maria del Refugio (selling fish), Agustina (selling bread), Maria Magdalena (selling perfume), Blanca Esthela (baking), Carmen Linda (selling fish), Candido (selling fish), Araceli (selling snacks), Laura (selling fish), Rosa Isela (selling clothes), David (tailor shop), Braulio (selling groceries), Maria de Jesus (selling fish), Jovita (selling groceries).

Doña Maria del Refugio is 63 years old, she did not go to school, is single and currently lives alone because her children are married. Doña Cuco (as they call her in her community), says she grew up in this community and since she was very young learnt from her parents to work hard to move ahead. She has been selling mojarra [small fry fish] for more than 30 years. She says that it is in this town that she took care of her kids and taught them how to fish. Doña Cuco makes her sales in nearby communities, in some occasions she makes mole [traditional mexican sauce] paste and also is raising some lambs.

She says "I have worked since I was young to make sure my family is allright and that we have a little money to get by. There is no other way but working hard and putting the effort to move ahead". She will invest this credit to buy mojarra and then resell it. She is hoping that in the future she will be able to finish building her home and wants to keep working to get ahead.

In this group: Maria Del Refugio, Agustina , Maria Magdalena, Blanca Esthela, Carmen Linda, Candido , Araceli, Laura, Rosa Isela , David , Braulio , Maria De Jesus, Jovita
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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