A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy bananas, milk, cream and cheese.

Grupo Leo Group's story

In the town of Oaxaca, a sugar cane area, you can enjoy some breath-taking scenery. From some parts of the road, you can see the mountain range and the highest volcano in Mexico, called the Pico de Orizaba.

In this area, the credit group "Grupo Leo" was recently formed. The members are:

Beatriz, who sells chickens; Leovigilda, who sells sewing supplies; Guadalupe, who sells candy; Josefina, who sells food; Teresa, who sells food; Florentina, who sells cheese; Maria, who sells footwear from catalogues; and Bonifacio, who sells bananas.

Bonifacio has been selling fried bananas for 23 years. When he started, he prepared them at home and then sold them on the streets. Nowadays he takes a cart out with him (one that is similar to hot dog carts) on the streets in the local areas and he prepares the food on the spot. The cart already has a cooker, so it is just a case of putting the bananas on the grill.

At the beginning, it was difficult, but "Don Boni", as he is known, made some adjustments to his cart so it is now easier to push through the streets. As time has gone by, he has visited many places where he has sold his products.

With the income he generates and with the loan, he will buy supplies (bananas, cream, cheese). He gets his firewood himself and looks after his cart on his own. He is grateful to "VisionFund" for being able to continue to prosper in his business.

In this group: Beatriz, Leovigilda, Yadira, Guadalupe, Josefina, Teresa, Bonifacio, Florentina, Maria Isabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Matthew Walker

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