A loan of $750 helped a member to buy clothing such as: pants, blouses, dresses, skirts and other items.

Las Estrellas Group's story

This group is called "Las Estrellas" (The Stars), and it is made up of 3 women who each have a different kind of business. This group resides in the locality of Ribera Vista in the beautiful municipality of Copaínala, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

The reason for the name of their group is that their group contains 3 women, and each one of them is a great star.

Alba Arévalo A. is married to Carlos Pérez Juárez; they have 5 children: 2 of whom are married, and 3 of whom are still dependent children. These 3 are: Cintia Verónica, who is in a distance education program for secondary school, Carla Rafaela, who is in elementary school, and Alexia Roxana, the youngest, who is 3 years old.

Alba is a housewife who also has a small clothing business. It has only been a few months since she started this business, and she requests a loan to stock the business with merchandise. She comments that the business is going well, as it allows her to have some income for the household.

She was inspired to start this activity by a cousin who lives nearby who motivated her to sell clothing, since it is a business where one can obtain good earnings. With this business she will be able to earn her own money and pay for some of the daily household expenses and in this way support her husband, who works daily in agriculture.

She will save some of the profits from her business to restock it with more merchandise and merchandise that is of better quality for her customers. This way her customers will buy with greater enthusiasm and her income will be higher.

Her dream is to have a clothing store where she can sell her merchandise. In addition, she wants to save so that she can provide the best for her daughters who are still in school and, with the support of her husband, build a house where they can live better.

She formed this group with her daughter-in-law, who is in the purple blouse and recently had a baby, and a neighbor. They found out about FRAC, and it seemed to them to be a source of support where they could work on their activities and obtain earnings while paying back the loans. The members of this group are the following: María Candelaria Pérez A., who will invest the loan in the purchase of ingredients such as corn flour, ancho chiles, meat and other items to make snacks; María Candelaria Pérez A., who will invest the loan in the purchase of broilers to slaughter, season and sell; and Alba Arévalo A., who will invest the loan in the purchase of clothing to sell such as: pants, shirts, T-shirts, skirts, blouses, and other items to sell in the same region.

In this group: Maria Candelaria, Maria Emma, Alba

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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