A loan of $3,900 helped a member to make orders and buy merchandise.

Claveles X Group's story

This group is called “Claveles X” (Carnations) because that is the name of the main Street where they live. The members say that they are alike because of their beauty. The group is in the state of Puebla, and it is comprised of 11 people.

Mercedes F. is the president of the group. She is 41 years old, and she only has an elementary school education. She sells shoes and cosmetics. She has two children. She is a woman who has gotten ahead while facing adversity and the lack of education.

She will use the loan to fill orders for the products that she sells. The women have known her for quite a while. They know that she works, is an honest person, and she wants to get ahead.

Irma V. is the treasurer of the group. She has been selling shoes and lingerie for three years. She only has an elementary school education. She has two children. She has always worked. She likes to get ahead for herself and her children in order to give them a better quality of life. The women recommend her because they have never had a problem with her. They have known her for quite a while because they are from the same community.

In this group: Mercedes, Cleotilde, Maria De Los Angeles, Irma, Maria Del Carmen, Guadalupe, Rosa Maria*, Elena, Lilia, Maria Esther, Maria Claudia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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