Elodia supports herself and her family by making and selling tortillas in Tlacachahuaya. She works seven days a week, building a fire at 8 a.m. to finish cooking about 150 tortillas by noon.
Casilda is 38-years-old and lives with her husband and two children in the small agricultural town of San Sebastión de Abasolo. Casilda's business is two-fold; she runs a computer lab and recently began a paper products store alongside, using the loans from En Vía.
Gloria is 55-years-old and has two children. She has received five loans from our program, investing them in making tamales and homemade desserts like candied almonds, manzanitas (a sweetened, preserved fruit), and candied pumpkin, which she sells at the local market in Teotitlán del Valle.
Teresa was one of En Vía’s first borrowers and is a strong role model for other women in Teotitlán. When she first began participating in the loan program, she invested in her family's tapete business. She used her first four loans to purchase the necessary materials to weave the wool rugs, such as yarn and dyes, which are quite expensive. However, as most families in Teotitlán weave tapetes, it can be hard to make a living in the over-saturated market, and Teresa had dreams of opening another business.
Maria Luisa is from Teotitlan, but moved to nearby Tlacachahuaya when she got married. She brought with her the skills and tradition of weaving the wool rugs called tapetes from her hometown, and taught her husband and two sons the trade.
Esperanza, 72, and her husband live on a small ranch just outside of the town of Diaz Ordaz, bolstered by mountains to the North. They raise chickens, turkeys, sheep and occasionally pigs to sell for meat, a business endeavor which takes quite a bit of time and investment.