A loan of $3,300 helped a member to buy cleaning products to help her business grow.

Estrellas Del Carmen Group's story

This group is called 'Estrellas del Carmen' (Stars of El Carmen) and is located in El Carmen, in the State of Mexico. The group has 12 members. One of the members is Mrs Ana T. B. who is 41 years old. She has been married for 25 years and has 9 children; 5 daughters and 4 sons, all of whom are now married.

Ana has been selling cleaning products for 8 years. She comments that she decided to set up her business because her husband's income often didn't cover their family's needs. Although her children are no longer financially dependent on her she would like to save for her old age and be able to hire somebody who will take care of her business so that she can relax and enjoy a quiet old age. She will use her loan to buy her products wholesale so that she can get a better price and increase her profits.

In this group: Yessica, Ana Karen, Ana, Ema, Maria Angelica, Silvia, Juana, Josefina, Maria Magdalena, Maria Teresa, Patricia, Miriam Veronica

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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