A loan of $2,825 helped a member to purchase milk, bread, eggs, soft drinks, and canned goods.

La Carrera Group's story

The group “La Carrera” (The Race) consists of six women and one man. They all live in the same community and have known each other for several years. In this community, people still preserve their mother tongue: the Mazahua. Most women still wear their very colorful garments. The most celebrated party is community day, also called "The Lord of the Miracles", and is held September 14

Lety, as she is affectionately called, is a member of the group and is a very devoted to her family, but also very hardworking. She was only able to study until high school. She is 30-years-old and is married to Alberto who works as a mason. They have been married for 12 years and have formed a family with five children, four of whom are in school.

Lety has had a grocery store and a mill to grind the boiled corn (maize to make tortillas) for two years. Lety says, "My motivation for starting my business was because where we live there was not a store or a mill close by. To find these services me and my neighbors had to walk several kilometers."

This time she is requesting a loan to buy more grocery products like salt, sugar, bread, eggs, milk, soft drinks, canned goods etc. Her business is doing very well because as there is not another store that creates competition and for this reason her earnings are very good. However, she is worried because she does not have a refrigerator where she can keep her dairy products. When it comes to buying sometimes she cannot sell fast enough before the goods expire. For Lety these are lost profits and investments. Either way this situation does not stop Lety who wants to have a c a stationery store because there is also not a stationery store near where she lives. The children have to walk several minutes to get materials for their classes. Lety describes, "I am very happy and grateful for VisionFund and Kiva for all the support received through the credits because I could maintain my two businesses. My earnings are going very well which helps me improve the quality of life for my children. It is very important to me that they finish a professional degree."

The other group members are also very grateful for the loan provided because they can invest in their businesses--Alejandra in chickens and sheep, Victoria fruits and vegetables, Julia and Laura bought lambs for breeding, growing and selling, Carmen in a grocery store, and Alberto income in handiwork (wood for building).

In this group: Victoria, Alejandra, María Del Carmen, Julia, Leticia, Alberto Jose, Laura

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alana Abbitt-McGregor

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