A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy undergarments, blouses, other clothing, etc.

Las Cariñositas Group's story

Las Cariñositas is a group made up of thirteen members who all share a great friendship. One strange thing about this group is that there is only one male member who they call “El Cariñosito” (the caring one). They live in Valle de Chalco, Mexico State.

María D. is 29 years old, is a group member and she has two school age children. Six months ago, she decided to start a business that would not involve leaving her children and that would be profitable. She decided to start selling undergarments, blouses and other clothing items. She has been very pleased with herself for having started something that has been beneficial and more than anything, something she likes. She is easy to talk to and approachable. She shows her merchandise to her neighbors every three days. Then, they recommend other people, so she can increase her sales. María is going to purchase more merchandise with half of the loan.With the other half, she will purchase a three wheeled vehicle, since it’s heavy to carry the bags of clothing. More than that, she wants one, so when it rains, it’s easier to cover her merchandise. Her plans are to buy a stand, so she can stay in one place and more than anything, to give her children a better future.

The other members are:
Micaela R. M. (robe/apron sales)
Verónica R. F. (catalog lingerie and shoes sales)
Pedro A. M. (fruit and vegetable sales)
Concepción A. C. (auto workshop)
Rocío A. V. (flower arranger)
Delfina A. García (lingerie sales)
Aurora López C. (cosmetics and fragrance sales)
Brenda Tania A. Martínez (catalog shoe sales)
Janeth Araceli Hernández López (clothing sales)
Juana P. Hernández (shoe sales)
Elsa González O. (catalog shoe sales)
Ana Ramírez R. (street snack sales)

In this group: Micaela , Veronica, Pedro, Concepcion, Rocio, Delfina , Aurora , Brenda Tania , Janeth Araceli, Juana , Elsa , Ana , Maria Del Carmen
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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