A loan of $5,100 helped a member to purchase oil, beans, tortillas, cream, cheese, lettuce, chicken, beef, chili peppers, onions, tomatos and a variety of sweets.


Valentinas Group's story

"Valentinas" is the name of a group that comprises 9 entrepreneurs. Each member runs a business.

Isabel: grocery sales. Maura: car wash. Mirna: selling antojitos (corn-based snacks). Paula: food sales. Gabriela: selling chicken and linens. Barbara: seafood restaurant. Eustolia: seafood restaurant. Flor de Liz: selling tamales. Guadalupe: selling antojitos.

This group is located in San Miguel Soyaltepec on the shore of Temazcal lagoon. The area's main economic activities include fishing, trade and the cultivation of sugar cane.

Mirna is 42 years old. She has a high school education and is married to Julio, who works as a taxi driver. They have two daughters. Diana is 15 years old, and is in high school. Nadia is 10 years old, and attends primary school.

Mirna noes that she has worked selling Mexican antojitos and sweet treats for 6 years. She sells during the recreation period (breakfast recess in schools) at the primary school. Her work day starts very early with the preparation of Mexican antojitos. She then goes to the school to set up her small stall. Although she only sells for half an hour, she sells out and even the mothers of the school children know her, and place special orders that she delivers.

She decided to start her own business because she doesn't like being alone at home. She likes to work and to be able to contribute to the household expenses.

The loan from VisionFund will enable her to purchase oil, beans, tortillas, cream, cheese, lettuce, chicken, beef, chili peppers, onions, tomatos and a variety of sweets. She hopes that with this investment her business continue to develop.

In the future she would like to establish a grocery store in her home.

In this group: Isabel, Maura, Mirna, Paula, Gabriela, Barbara, Eustolia, Flor De Liz , Guadalupe
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Huras


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