A loan of $1,900 helped a member inventory and supplies.

Madres Laboriosas Group's story

The “Madres Laboriosas” (Working Mothers) communal bank has crossed its sixth cycle of being responsible and punctual with its payments. Most of its members sell cosmetics via catalogs. This is the case with Celia, who does it to help bring income to her family and has been selling “Natura” brand products for a year. She has three children for whom she continues to work. She and her husband have also started a security company and she expects to bring in a good income from this service.

Mirtha sells the “Oriflame” brand of cosmetics. This business has other benefits because she receives gifts (which she resells) because of the amount of products she sells. She is a single mother and must support and educate her three children.

Blanca has had an Internet café for several years. She tells us that she used to bring in a large income, but now there is much more competition and she no longer makes enough to support her two children. However, she is an optimist and wants to set up a display case in order to be able to sell other items and increase her income.

In this group: Mirtha Elena, Guadalupe, Natividad, Yerisf Yubell, Fiorela Natali, Blanca, Celia Rosa, Nancy Consuelo, Teresa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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