A loan of $1,425 helped a member to buy tomatoes, chilis, onions, garlic, cheese, cream, corn paste, meat, tortillas, cabbage, beans, plantains, oil, and gas.


Las Flores Group's story

Rosa lives in a community located in the south of the country. She is 68 years old and did not have the opportunity to go to school. She is married to Marcos, who works in construction. They have one married son. Their town is in an area of sugarcane production. Ingenio la Margarita, one of the main sugar producers, is based there and offers a source of employment for the area.

Rosa has been selling Mexican antojitos (corn-based dishes such as empanadas, tostadas, gorditas, enchiladas, and plantains) for ten years, because she wants to support her husband with their expenses. She also wishes to have a better quality of life for her and her husband.

She sells her dishes from the comfort of her home. In the afternoon, she starts to open up her business by preparing the food. Later, she waits for her clients and makes sales.

Rosa needs this loan to buy tomatoes, chilis, onions, garlic, cheese, cream, corn paste, meat, tortillas, cabbage, beans, plantains, oil, and gas in order to kick off her business.

She hopes that with this investment, her business will improve and she will be able to have a prosperous life.

Rosa is one of the members of the Las Flores Group, which is made up of ten women. The other members of the group are:

Claudia makes and sells fabric
Irene sells chicken
Maria Isabel sells snacks
Epifania sells cosmetics
Lucia sells cosmetics
Adahi sells cosmetics
Raquel sells bread
Ambrosia sells antojitos
Erika sells tacos.

In this group: Claudia , Rosa , Irene , Maria Isabel , Epifania, Lucia , Adahi, Raquel, Ambrosia*, Erika
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz


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