A loan of $100 helped purchase women's, men's and children's underwear, socks and accessories.

Guillermina's story

Guillermina C. is 42 years old and originally from the town of San José Purua, located in the state of Michoacán, which is known for its sulfur waters and hot springs. Guille, as she is known in her community, studied until her third year of primary school because her parents didn't have enough money to pay her school costs. She says that her daughter, who is in high school, is teaching her to read and write so that she can study for a primary school certificate and improve herself.

Guille is asking for this loan to invest in her business that sells underwear, bathroom slippers, socks, earrings, hair bands, and women's accessories and makeup. She used to sell fruits and vegetables but she didn't like that type of business because if all of the fruit is not sold, it will go bad and she would lose money. For that reason, now she sells products that earn more money and don't go bad. She buys some of her merchandise in México and other parts in Zitacuaro Michoacán. She has had this business for two years, and she sells products at the flea market in her area and in the towns close to her. She also works as a maid because she has to help her children and grandchildren get ahead.

Guillermina is a single mother with nine children, but only four live with her. Gerardo is 18 years old and stopped going to school after 6th grade, so he doesn't have a plan for the future and can't improve himself. Yuriccia, 16, and Edwin, 14, are high school students. Alfonso is 12 and is in primary school. She also cares for three of her grandchildren. Three months ago, their father died from a brain tumor and their mother had to emigrate to the United States to work. She sends money for their expenses.

Guillermina's goal for her business is to purchase a fixed location since she currently lays out her articles on the floor. She is very happy because thanks to her loan, her business is slowly growing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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