A loan of $4,900 helped a member buying yarn, hook closures, buttons, zippers, etc.

Pensamientos Group's story

This group is called "Pensamientos" ("Thoughts"), and it is made up of 17 women who are working hard every day to get ahead and provide a better future for their families. They are located in the Chalco Valley, in the State of México. The members of the group are: Lourdes P. P. (cosmetics sales by catalog), Mirna Socorro González C. (cosmetics sales by catalog), María del Socorro R. S. (auto parts sales), Reyna S. C. (machine embroidery), Norma Zenón M. (fruit and vegetable sales), Maricela C. Ramírez (music sales), Paulina Ramírez González (shoe sales by catalog), María Elena Dámaso Jiménez (cosmetics sales by catalog), María D. C. (flower sales), Raquel O. S. (beauty shop), María de Lourdes O. S. (desserts), María del Roció C. M. (fruit and vegetable sales), Concepción González C. (shoe sales by catalog), Rose lía García C. (music sales), María Esther Pérez H. (shoe sales by catalog), Rosa María Martha V. J. (construction materials), and Sara Zenón M. (lingerie sales by catalog).

Reyna S. is a single mother with three children, who are already grown and married. She used to work as a cleaning lady, but when she began suffering from osteoporosis, she had to leave her job, since the condition affected her legs. She decided to dedicate herself to another kind of work, so 15 years ago, she began making hand-knitted garments such as blouses, jackets, scarves, sweaters, baby clothes, etc. At the beginning, it was hard for her, but with time and continuous practice, it became easier. At present, she buys magazines to make more modern clothing designs and satisfy her customers' needs. She will use the funds from the loan she is requesting to buy yarn, hook closures, buttons, zippers, etc. Whenever she goes out, Reyna takes a sample garment and also carries supplies to keep working during the journey. She offers her merchandise to her family members and neighbors. She makes the most sales for special days such as birthdays, and during the cold months. With her earnings, she wants to support her daughter with her therapy so that she will be able to walk again, since her daughter also has osteoporosis which is advancing very rapidly. In the future, Reyna plans to open her own store and put her blouses and jackets on display, so that people will get to know her work and she will increase her sales.

Reyna and the other members are grateful for the support provided to them by Kiva through the Realidad Foundation, which will help them achieve their goals.

In this group: Lourdes, Mirna Socorro, Maria Del Socoro, Reyna, Norma, Maricela, Paulina, Maria Esther, Sara, Maria Elena, Maria, Raquel, Maria De Lourdes, Maria Del Rocio, Concepcion, Roselia, Rosa Maria Martha

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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