A loan of $3,175 helped a member purchase cosmetics to stock the business.

Cosmos Group's story

This group is called 'COSMOS' and is located in the Toluca state in Mexico. There are 11 members of the group; they took the name from a football team in their community where all the members meet each weekend.

One of the members of this group is Señora Rosa Amelia A. L, better known in the group as 'Rosi'. She was the group's treasurer for some time. Rosi tells us that she has 4 children - 7, 6, 2, and 3 months old. Her husband has worked as a chauffeur for 2 years in a transport company, where he drives from the Toluca terminal to the municipality of Xonocatlan. Rosi will use this loan to invest in the sale of cosmetics to her family and acquaintances. These loans allow her to obtain a better quality of life. As she has only studied up to primary school, her goal is that her children can one day study and be professionals and not have to abandon their studies, which is very common in this zone.

Another member of this group is Señora Rosa María Vázquez G, who also works selling cosmetics. She has 4 children, only one of whom depends on her, and her daughter is señora Rosa Amelia Vázquez G. She is seeking a loan to stock her business with cosmetics, which she sells to her acquaintances. Her major source of income is obtained in the company where she works, working with colleagues for a company called 'Mundo Dulce' (Sweet World), producing sweets.

The other members of the group are:

PRESIDENT: María Dolores C. S.

TREASURER: Mariana N. N.

Rosa María Vázquez G.
Azucena Méndez S.
PrisciL. I. C.
Arisbel D. L. O. V.
Rosa Amelia A. V.
Edith A. V.
María S. S.
Leonor C. S.
Gloria P. G.

In this group: Rosa Maria, Azucena, Priscila, Arisbel, Rosa Amelia, Edith, Maria, Leonor, Gloria, Maria Dolores, Mariana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane McCrory

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