A loan of $4,700 helped a member to invest in her business.


Jardin De Sueños Group's story

This 12-person group is called Jardin de Sueños (Garden of Dreams) and is from Mexico state.

Señora Felipa M. is a member of the group. She is a merchant and has seven children, three girls and four boys. She sells clothing and also runs a stationery store. She started ten years ago with a small amount of clothing; her customers paid in installments. The business was funded through a neighbourhood savings bank. Sales were good, and Felipa invested part of her income in the business, and part for food. Thanks to her business skills and responsible attitude, she was able to expand the business, and her neighbours invited her to form part of their group.

It was difficult for Felipa to make progress as her husband was sick; however, she left her husband in the care of her children and went to work. Nowadays she has a stall selling clothing in Los Dias de Tiaguis and a stationery store in her community.

She is seeking a loan so she can expand the stationery store and move her clothing business into a permanent location. She also wants to provide the rest of her children with a good education. In the future she would like to open other clothing and stationery businesses to provide employment to people who need it. Even illness will not deter her.

In this group: Guadalupe, Cecilia, Felipa, Maria De La Luz, Catalina, Maria Del Rosario, Silvia, Ma Concepcion, Silvia, Rita, Ignacia Patricia, Irma*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A



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