A loan of $6,200 helped a member perform maintenance on a mill and purchase pigs and corn.

La Sorpresa Group's story

“La Sorpresa” or “the surprise” is the name of the group formed by cheerful and entrepreneurial women. Each one of them develops a line of work with the goal of providing a better quality of life to their family. This group is located in a community located on the edge of a highway and its people work in the care and cultivation of its mango groves

Francisca is one of the members of the group. She is 45 and only studied through primary school. She is married to Marcelino and they have a ten-year-old. Francisca says that for over 15 years she and her husband have sold pork and corn flour together. They make their sales in their community with their friends and neighbors. They sell corn flour every day. One day ahead of time they put the corn to boil, and the next day they mill it, then go out to sell their product. They sell pork once a week. They take orders, then the next day the clean the pig. Then they deliver the meat and other derivatives such as chicharrones [pork rind], offal, and carnitas [barbequed pork]. This way they can earn a little bit more.

She has requested this loan to invest in pigs and corn, and do maintenance on their mill to continue with their sales. She hopes that her business can continue prospering, and in the future, she would like to construct some corrals to raise their pigs.

The other members of the group are:

Simona – underwear sales
Mayte – soft drink sales
Felipa – auto repair shop
Demetria – embroidery
Ana Bertha – cosmetics sales
Susana – cosmetics sales
Catalina – clothing sales
Yolanda – soft drink sales

In this group: Francisca, Simona, Mayte, Felipa, Demetria, Ana Bertha, Susana, Catalina, Yolanda

Translated from Spanish

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