A loan of $1,775 helped a member to purchase meat, chiles, chairs, gas, vegetables and a taco grill.

Las Estrellitas (Flat) Group's story

In a municipality of Mexico, Santa Teresa de Limas is celebrated with a party that almost everyone in the community attends. They set off fireworks, organize a football tournament, and, of course, there is a parade for the Saint on the main street.

The main activity in this region is agriculture. The inhabitants work growing sugar cane, rubber (where tree resin is obtained), nance and quality woods. It is a community with Christian roots, which is surprising seeing as how the women also work in the fields to support their spouses. It's for this reason that the savings group is called "Las Estrellitas". It is made up of five working women, each of whom has a productive economic activity.

Maribel sells handmade tortillas, Maricela sells chickens, Marina sells doughnuts, Margarita sells Berteware products and Isabel sells tacos.

Doña Isabel has worked for three years selling tacos on the weekends. With her earnings she has been able to support her spouse with their household expenses along with her daughters. She is a happy, friendly woman who decided to request another loan in order to buy meat, chiles, a taco grill, gas, vegetables and chairs, which she will use to sell steak tacos, sausage, etc. With her earnings she will cover her loan payments over time and seek out ways to expand the taqueria more. She mentioned that she also assists her spouse out in the field.

In this group: Maricela , Isabel , Maribel , Marina , Margarita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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