Total loan: $6,675

El Arbolito Group

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Tres Estrellas, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Retail

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her dishes, and more clothing and shoes to sell.

El Arbolito Group's story

The place where members of the group "The Arbolito" live is very cheerful. The residents of the town hold large celebrations, the most recent was for the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is celebrated all over the Republic of Mexico. Silvia is a member of this group. She is a person who is always smiling and in a good mood, and she is also pleasant and hardworking. She is 24 years old, and is married to Adrian, who works building homes. Together, they formed a family with 3 children, 2 of whom attend school, as the youngest is just a baby. Four years ago, Silvia started up a business selling sweets outside her home from a small table. But she listened to a talk at the VisionFund, and requested a loan to expand her business. Ever since, she has invested in more sweets and snacks that she now also sells outside some schools. With her earnings, she was also able to start up a business buying and selling used clothing and shoes, products that she buys in the capital and then re-sells only on Wednesdays in a small market in her community. In addition to selling sweets, snacks, clothing, and shoes, Silvia also participates in a business selling seasonal foods. For example, she sells greens and Mexican black cherries that she makes into a dessert, and she also makes tamales. Recently, she decided to also sell gelatins that she makes in her house. "Fortunately, the business selling gelatins is helping me a lot, as I am getting orders for special events in the community and for schools," she says. The difficulty that Silvia faces is the lack of money to buy all of the materials she needs. But she is very grateful to VisionFund and Kiva because the loans have enabled her to grow her businesses. She wants to continue to grow, her goal is to build a shop where she could display all of her products. At this time, she needs to invest in all of her businesses. She will buy sweets, ingredients for her dishes, and more clothing and shoes. The other members of this group are: Leonarda, María de la Luz R., Beatriz, Alicia, Juana, María de la Luz M. and Oralia. They all have businesses raising sheep, and will invest in more animals. Note: this photograph was taken on the steps of a municipal gazebo. Behind them, you see the gazebo and part of a Catholic church. Silvia is holding a baby wearing yellow.