A loan of $3,025 helped a member calico fabric and thread to continue sewing napkins.

San Lorenzo Group's story

This group, know as San Lorenzo, was named by its members after their native community. One member, Carmen M. B., is married and has three children: Karla, 9; Erick, 7; and Yuliana, 5. Two of the kids are in primary school and the youngest is in preschool. Carmen embroiders napkins. She will invest her loan in supplies, including calico cloth and thread so she can keep making napkins.

Carmen decided on this business because she had learned how to make napkins from her mother when she was a child, and because it’s a way to gain success for her children so they can have a better life and want for nothing. She can also help her husband out with household expenses and the education of their children.

Carmen is very pleased because, she says, business is going well. She is enjoying a great deal of success selling her napkins, since they are handmade and attract a lot of attention, mostly from the tourists, who are her best clients. Sales have gone up quite a bit and her income has improved considerably.

The members, Carmen tells us, are very hardworking people who want to succeed and fight for a better future for their families. Above all, they are responsible with respect to their obligations, which she can say because she has known them for a long time and knows that they won’t fail in their ventures.

Carmen is very grateful to the Kiva donors for the help they’re providing. Thanks to their support she has been able to maintain and better her business, increase profits, and help her family improve their quality of life.

Carmen’s dream is to be able to grow her business even more; she wants to put in a sewing workshop so she can teach and give jobs to anyone who wants to learn to embroider and those who really want to make it. She also wants to keep supporting her children with their education so they can have good professions and better lives.

The group members and their professions are:

Jacinto G. G. - sells napkins
Felicitas H. H. - sells snacks
Raymundo C. N. - sells snacks
Adelina H. A.-sells fruits and vegetables
Dolores G. M. - embroiders napkins
Sonia H. C. - embroiders napkins
Carmen M. B. - embroiders napkins
Juliana B. M. – sells chorizo
Mariana M. G. - embroiders napkins
María Antonia G. Q. – sells furs

In this group: Jacinto, Felicitas, Raymundo, Adelina, Dolores, Sonia, Carmen, Juliana, Mariana, María Antonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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