A loan of $3,200 helped a member purchase of shoes, tires, cosmetics, and candies.

Tres Marias Group's story

The Three Marias Group is named after the neighborhood where the women live, and they are proud representatives of their town. The group is made up of 10 hardworking women with a desire to improve there lives. They live in Valle de Chalco, in the state of México. The members are: Guadalupe R. R. (Bakery), María de Lourdes Pérez Sánchez (Snacks). Hortencia C. S. (Underwear sales via catalog), María de Lourdes López Ramírez (Cosmetic via catalog), Juana B. Sánchez (Blanket sales), María Josefina S. Ríos (Sweet Shop), Beatriz Ramírez P. (Raw materials), Montserrat Rodríguez Pérez (Cosmetics via catalog), and Clara Martínez Martínez (Cosmetics via catalog).

Maria Magdalena M. is 28 years old and is a housewife and saleswoman. She has a six-year old daughter who is in primary school. Maria works selling shoes; she started this job more than ten years ago when she married her husband. Her husband taught her the business and now she is a great support for him. They sell their products every three days in a market that is located near their community and the other days they stock up on merchandise such as: shoes, tennis shoes, and other products. Currently she is starting to make bicycles for the coming Christmas season because bikes sell very well at this time of year. The loan money will be used to buy tires, brakes, paint, and other materials to make the bicycles, and she is confident that sales will go well. Her plans are to grow her business and increase sales to provide a better future for her daughter and to buy a house.

Tres Marías is thankful for the support they receive from Kiva and the Fundacion Realidad because they help them achieve their goals.

In this group: Guadalupe, Maria De Lourdes, Hortencia, Maria De Lourdes, Maria Magdalena, Juana, Maria Josefina, Beatriz, Monserrat, Clara

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick King

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