A loan of $3,575 helped a member for the small business of selling perfume.

Gotitas De Cristal Group's story

Micaela S. V. is the president of a group of 12 people. Each one of them has a different activity. They joined together in order to ask for a loan from Fundación Realidad AC. The name of the group is Gotitas de Cristal (Drops of Crystal). The president says that is the name because everything between them is transparent. They have known each other well for several years.

Some of the women have already worked with other small loans, but this time they decided to try this. The bonus for punctuality really catches their attention, and the interest is very low.

Micaela is a native and resident of San Marcos, which is a municipality located in Costa Chica in the State of Guerrero, Mexico.

The inhabitants of San Marcos mainly work in agriculture and commerce.

Micaela, age 40, is married and has two sons. One is in elementary school, and the other goes to high school. She sells clothes and gifts for all occasions. She has had the business for over five years. She wants the loan to increase the merchandise in her business.

Filiberta B. E. is another member of the group. She is 44 years old, and she sells clothes and decorative plants in the villages. She sells door-to-door. She has five children, two boys and three girls. They are all school age and attend elementary school, middle school, or high school. She wants the loan to stock her business with merchandise in order to increase her sales. Filiberta says that she would like to keep working with loans from the Fundación in order to keep increasing her business.

Members of the group and their activities:

Mariana L. C.: Sells Clothes
Micaela S. V.: Sells Perfume and Clothes
Filiberta B. Esanislao: Sells Decorative Plants
Feliciana A. R.: Sells Bread
Maria del Socorro C. R.: Sells Gold
Rogelio L. C.: Sells Groceries
Rodolfina L. C.: Sells Cheese
Celsa M. T.: Sells Groceries
Teresa V. S.: Sells Food
Juana S. C.: Sells Cheese
Maria Delia H. Q.: Hairdresser

In this group: Mariana, Micaela, Filiberta, Feliciana, Ma Del Socorro, Rogelia, Rodolfina, Celsa, Teresa, Juana, Maria Delia, Maria Princesa

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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