A loan of $2,750 helped a member buy more cooking utensils and cosmetics.

Loma Bonita Group's story

This group is named “Loma Bonita” (Pretty Hill) because that is how the place where they have lived for a long time is known. It is located in the state of Mexico in Mexico. The group is comprised of 13 members. This is the first time they have asked CrediComún for a loan.

Carolina Cristina Castañeda García is the treasurer of the group. She is 31 years old, and she attended school until her second year of high school. She is a merchant. She has two children, a son and a daughter. She sells cooking utensils and cosmetics. She started two years ago.

She is requesting a loan to stock more cooking utensils and cosmetics. Her customers say that she started her sales by selling door to door to get to know them and what they like to buy from her. She is very reliable about delivering the products. Because of the confidence they have in her they prefer to buy from her instead of other places.

She started the business because her mother-in-law suggested that she sell. She started with cosmetics, and from there she saw the option of selling cooking utensils. She saw that her customers were asking her for cooking utensils.

At the time of requesting this loan she feels motivated and happy because she knows that she will be able to do well. She wants this loan to be able to start the construction of a place in her house. This is for her customers to have a place where they can buy her products. It is also so that her business will grow. She hopes that the sales increase will allow her to keep providing an education to her children and will help with the expansion of her house.

The other members of the group are:

YAZMIN H.L. Sells footwear
TOMASA ARACELI A.G. Sells clothes
ROCIO C.R. Sells fruit and vegetables
JULIA E.R. Sells items for the home
GRACIELA E.Z. Sells footwear
DULCE MARIA G..B. Sells footwear
TERESA G..C. Sells food
SUSANA P.P. Sells cleaning supplies
ZITA V.F. Sells footwear
CONCEPCION Z. A. Sells cosmetics
JOSEFINA Z.G. Sells stationery and sewing supplies

In this group: Yazmin, Tomasa Araceli, Rocio, Julia, Graciela, Dulce Maria, Teresa, Carolina Cristina, Socorro Trinidad, Susana, Zita, Concepcion, Josefina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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