A loan of $4,700 helped a member purchase fabric, thread, and other materials for making embroidered clothing.

Mujeres Trabajado Group's story

This group is called “Mujeres Trabajando” (Working Women). The members of the group selected this name because they consider themselves to be extremely hardworking women who want to succeed and move forward so that they can provide a better future for their families.

The description will focus on Sra. Francisca Felisa N. G., one of the members of this group of women entrepreneurs who want to excel. She is 61 years old and has been a widow since she was 40. Francisca has two children. Miguel is 27 years old and works to help his mother with the household expenses. Jesús is 23 years old and studying for a law degree while his brother and mother support him. Francisca earns a living by making embroidered blouses and gowns, as well as candles. The loan she will receive will be used to buy more fabric, thread, and other materials needed to continue making these traditional garments.

Doña Francisca says she decided to pursue this business activity because she learned the skills from her mother when she was eleven years old. She started this business 30 years ago. Since the death of her husband, she needed to find a way for her children to get ahead. Francisca is very pleased with the results of her business. She has had great success with the number of customers she has gained and it continue to grow since she travels to different states in the republic, where she sells traditional clothing along with her fellow group members.

Sra. Francisca says that neither she nor the other members have failed to make their loan payments. These women are hardworking, responsible, prompt, and trustworthy. Over time they have gotten to know one another since are from the same community. This is not their first loan with FRAC. In fact, they have taken several of them and have not had any problems.

Francisca is extremely grateful for the support and the trust that Fundación Realidad and Kiva lenders have given to her and her fellow group members. She is thankful that they will be able to get ahead in their businesses and help their families improve their quality of life.

Doña Francisca dreams of being able to support her children. She wants to help her younger son finish his degree so that he can find a good job and not have to suffer like his brother by having to work in the fields, work at jobs with low pay, or go through stretches of time when no work is available. She also wants to either build or buy a store where she can sell traditional clothing so that she does not have to travel in order to generate better income.

The members of this group and their business activities are as follows:
Sofía G. M. – sells traditional clothing
Francisca Felisa N. G. - sells traditional clothing
Cecilia G. S. - sells traditional clothing
Sebastiana H. L. G. - sells traditional clothing
Honoria N. G. – sells candy
Victoria María L. M.- sells traditional clothing
Gabriela Delfina L. S. - sells traditional clothing
Emelia G. N. - sells traditional clothing
Virginia G. N. - sells traditional clothing
Virginia G. G. - sells traditional clothing
Clemencia G. S. - sells traditional clothing
Sofía Honoria G. G. - sells traditional clothing
Eloina G. N. - sells traditional clothing

In this group: Sofía , Francisca Felisa , Cecilia , Sebastiana , Honoria , Victoria María , Gabriela Delfina , Emelia , Virginia , Virginia , Clemencia , Sofía Honoria , Eloina *
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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