A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy merchandise and invest in her business.

El Bonete Group's story

This group is called “El Bonete” because there is a “bonete” (a regional fruit similar to a papaya) tree on the street where the group is located. This is how people identify the community. It is close to Xochicalco’s archaeological zone in the state of MoreL. in Mexico. The group is comprised of ten members.

Juana Martínez is a member of the group. Juani, as she likes to be called, is 56 years old, and she lives alone. She does not have an education. She is a seamstres, and she has eight daughters. The oldest is 39 years old, and the youngest is 21 years old. They are all married.

She started her business of making aprons two years ago. She sells her aprons to the indigenous community in Xoxocotla. Most of the women there use this garment.

She is requesting a loan to buy fabric and thread to make the aprons. Juana is very pleased because she has been able to have her own business through the loans. She wants to use this loan to increase production in her business and get greater income. She will buy another sewing machine and start up a sewing shop in order to give her daughters work.

In this group: Lucia, Juana, Maria Del Carmen, Eustacia, Laura, Flora, Maria Alejandra, Ruth, Anayeli, Guillermina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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