A loan of $3,725 helped a member purchase of a new scale, giftwrap, etc.

Mirador De Matilde Group's story

This photo was taken in the home of Maria Alicia F., which is where the group meets weekly. As we can see in the photo, there are 12 members in the group named Mirador de Matilde, to showcase their location in the state of Hidalgo.
Maria Alicia is a single mother of two children, who work and help her with some of the household expenses. She sells chicken and is requesting this loan to invest in a new scale, because the one she has does not work well. She also wants to paint her business so that it will look its best. She mentions that she works very hard, Monday to Saturday, with the aim of saving up for when she is no longer able to work. However, for now she greatly enjoys her business and the most gratifying element is her rapport with her customers.
The group's treasurer is Martha Silvia F., who has sold beauty products through a catalogue for 8 years. She is in a common-law marriage and has two children ages 24 and 13. She is requesting this loan to invest in a larger inventory which she will buy at a lower price and thus be able to make more profit. She has a large number of customers thanks to her years of experience selling these products.
The group members are hard-working and enterprising women; Gizeh B., for example, is 24, married and has a 5-year-old child. She sells gifts and will invest her credit in material to decorate the gifts she wraps, and to buy glass for her display case, since some of the panes are broken. At this moment, this is what she needs for her business in order to earn a little bit more. She believes that success is the result of daily work, and she would like to see her business grow significantly because she knows that with it she will be able to offer her little child a better life.

The other group members are:

Elvira Hernández Ramírez Quilt sales
Yadira Martínez D. J. Bag sales
María Judith O. R. Electrical equipment sales
Ma. Dolores M. Juárez Footwear sales
Mónica Elvira O. Z. Fuller cosmetics sales
Carmela P. F. Craft sales
Judith R. P. Clothing sales
Sarai R. P. Quilt sales
Gloria Velázquez A. Candy sales

In this group: Gloria, Gizeh, Martha Silvia, Maria Alicia, Elvira, Yadira, Maria Judith, Ma Dolores, Monica Elvira, Carmela, Judith, Sarai

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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