A loan of $3,725 helped a member to invest in her business.

Dulce Group's story

This group is called 'Dulce' (Sweet) because several of its members sell sweet treats. The group is located in the State of Mexico. It has 12 members.

Rocio Montaño is the group's president. She is 26 years old and studied at elementary level. She is a saleswoman and has 4 children: 2 girls and 2 boys. Rocio sells handicrafts (embroidered napkins) and curtains for cars. She started this business 6 years ago with only 3 meters of cloth and 10 rods. She didn't know how to sew or embroider but she really needed to start a business which could support her family since her husband didn't have a job so she asked a neighbor to teach her to embroider and use a sewing machine. She paid for these lessons by doing work in the neighbor's house such as washing her clothes and helping her with her housework. She only received 45 minutes worth of instruction at a time though as her neighbor's husband got annoyed if he found her in his house.

However, in spite of the bad treatment which she received in learning her traD., after a couple of weeks she had learned all she needed to in order to set up her business and now she no longer has just 3 meters of fabric and 10 rods but rolls of fabric and more than 100 kg of rods. She is requesting this loan to be able to buy more sewing machines and employ neighbors from her community so that they don't have to go to other states and can stay in their community.

In this group: Valentina, Rosenda, Tomasa Juliana, Amalia, Adelina, Victoriana, Ofelia*, Rocio, Modesta, Reynalda, Maria Isabel, Senaida

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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