A loan of $4,550 helped a member to buy raw materials and to make crafts.


Brillos De Luna Group's story

The Brillos de L. (Shine of the Moon) group, from the state of México, consists of 13 members. This group includes Mrs. María del Carmen O., who is 48 years old. She has five children, including three boys and two girls. In spite of only having completed primary school, she has taken them forward. At present, only two of her children depend on her. One of them is 15 years old and is not in school, and the other is 9 years old and is in primary school. For 23 years, she has worked to keep her craft workshop; this business is very important to her, and it represents many years of effort and dedication. It also gives her the opportunity to improve her life. With this loan, she wants to buy tools and paint. Her crafts are made of wood, and she decorates them by hand. Most of her earnings are from the sale of pencil caps, rattles, cup-and-ball toys, yo-yos, and keyrings. She wants to grow her business and offer her children the opportunity to better themselves every day. Mrs. Concepción Francisca M. is the president of the group. She is 46 years old and has a daughter. In spite of being a single mother, she has had a dressmaking workshop. Most of her earnings are from selling garments like school coats, uniforms, curtains, tablecloths, costumes, and sometimes dance clothing. For three long years, she had to work very hard to buy her first machine. With loans, she was able to buy the machinery, which improved the quality of her garments. Her biggest dream is for her daughter to become an excellent bilingual secretary and to have a better life with her mother and daughter.

In this group: Maria Del Carmen, Silvia*, Azucena, Juana, Janette, Rosalva, Luz Adriana, Monserrat, Natalia*, Concepcion Francisca, Patricia Cesilia, Erika, Emilia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Avni Shah



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