A loan of $2,025 helped a member purchase fruit and disposable containers.

Las Soñadoras De Jilo Group's story

They call themselves the Las Soñadoras D. Jilo, the Dreamers of Jilo, because they are all from Jilotepec, Mexico and share the idea that to them, microcredit is like a dream that gives them the opportunity to grow and create a better future for themselves and their children. The group is composed of 10 women. This is their first time requesting a loan from CrediComún.

Bibiana S. Avedaño is the president of the group. She is 26 years old and went to school to become a beautician. She works as a stylist and has a 7-year-old daughter. She started her own business 9 years ago. Bibiana is requesting a loan to purchase hair dyes, peroxides, machines and accessories for her business.

Martha D. Jesús B., known as "Martita," is 46 years old and completed her schooling until the 6th graD.. She is a vendor and has two children - a daughter and a son. Two years ago, she started selling fruit cocktails and tupperware. She is requesting a loan to purchase fruits and disposable containers for the fruit cocktails she sells. Martita begins her work at 5 am everyday. She prepares the fruit and leaves her house to sell the cocktails from her cart on the street. She also uses her time outsiD. to show people her catalogue of tupperware. In this way, she can attend to both of her businesses at the same time.

Martita, just like everyone she knows, lives day-to-day in a constant fight for survival and for the improvement of her situation. She has been the primary breadwinner for her household ever since her husband began to progressively lose his vision some time back. His loss of vision went unexplained until a few weeks ago, when he was diagnosed with diabetes. Due to the effects of the disease, he is no longer able to work. Martita's son is studying for his degree and also working, since his mother's earnings are insufficient to support the household and pay for his education. Martita is afraid because she does not want her son to quit his studies to work full-time.

Although there have been moments of frustration in her life, they have not stopped Martita from continuing her struggle for a better future. She is very enthusiastic about her loan request because it will help her to expand her business and at the same time obtain larger profits and a better income for her home. She is requesting this loan so she can continue to sell her fruit cocktails and possibly open a fixed locale, hopefully in the near future. A more permanent location would enable her to continue her sales without having to endure the weather conditions and would also give her the possibility of employing her family members.

In this group: Bibiana, Teresa, Martha, Crisol, Nancy Guadalupe, Sandra, Ma Bibiana, Maria Del Socorro, Juana, Raquel

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Priya Bapat

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