A loan of $2,550 helped a member to buy meat, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, radishes, chili peppers, tortillas, oil, soft drinks, napkins, aluminum foil and gas.


Estrellitas Group's story

Another member of the group "Estrellitas" is Rosa María, who is 55 years old and married to Moises, who works in agriculture. She completed primary school.

She reports that three years ago, she started a small taqueria in her house with the intention of making her own income and helping Moises with the household expenses, since every day the economic situation is worse. She says "In these times we both have to work. If you want to work, you have to take initiative, because neither money nor food will come knocking at your door."

She sells her goods on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in the evenings in a small alleyway outside her house. Her neighbors say that her tacos are very tasty.

Rosa says that it helps very much that she has almost no competition. Also, it is currently the sugar harvest season and the mills are refining the sugar. Thus, more people have work and are able to go out for dinner.

She will invest this loan in meat, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, radishes, chili peppers, tortillas, oil, soft drinks, napkins, aluminum foil and gas so that she can continue making sales.

With her earnings she would like to buy some chairs and tables so that her customers can be more comfortable while eating or waiting for their orders.

The remaining members of the group are:

Zacarias - sells groceries
Ines - sells soft drinks venta de refrescos
Deysi - sells clothes
Nancy - sells footwear
María Isabel - sells clothes
Maria de los Ángeles - sells tortillas

In this group: Ines , Deysi , Rosa María , Zacarías , Nancy , Maria Isabel *, Maria De Los Angeles
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert


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