A loan of $5,575 helped a member to maintain the cars used for a taxi service.

Las Margaritas Group's story

José de Jesús is a hardworking man from Zitácuaro. This historic city lies close to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, the destination of the annual migration of monarch butterflies from Canada.

José belongs to a group called las Margaritas (the Daisies) and he says that they chose the name because this type of flower grows where they hold their meetings. He has two taxis and says that he had great difficulty in obtaining the number plates because they will not sell them to just anyone who wants to work as a taxi driver.

He is seeking a loan to maintain his taxis since the vehicles are quite old. He says that he is doing well because he works with radios in his cabs, which means there is a base which people can call to request a taxi. He says that the hardest part of his job is the night shift, because he must not fall asleep. He wants to do well for his children's sake and he is married to Esperanza who is a housewife. He says that when he needs a car part, he goes to Toluca, as prices are lower there.

His ambition is to have a fleet of 5 taxis, as it is a good job which he can leave to his children.

The other 11 members of the group are called Guadalupe, Gabriela, Teresa de Jesús, María Estela, Ma. Teresa, María Guadalupe, Maribel, Anahí, Ma. Leonor and Ma. Luz. They will use their loans for their businesses: video games, women's and children's clothing sales, regional sweets, supplies for avocado production, sales of underwear and plastic cookware, selling quilts and shoes by mail order etc.

In this group: Guadalupe Margarita, José De Jesús, Gabriela Elitania, Teresa De Jesús, María Estela, Ma Teresa, María Guadalupe*, Maribel, Anahí, Ma Leonor, Ma Luz
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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