A loan of $3,575 helped a member to buy merchandise, catalogs and clothes (lingerie).

Las Hormigas De Tolcayuca Group's story

This group is called "Las Hormigas de Tolcayuca" (The Ants of Tolcayuca) because, for the members of this group, ants symbolize work. The group's members consider themselves to be enterprising, hard-working and responsible women both amongst themselves and with their families. The group is located in the State of Hidalgo, in Mexico. It has nine members, each of whom is an enterprising woman with an already established business.

Agustina Viviana R. is the group's treasurer. She is 27 years old and has an elementary school level of education. She sells brand-name clothes, specifically lingerie, through a catalog. She has been in this business for approximately two years and is therefore well known by her customers as a responsible person who is attentive to other people. She decided to start this business as it is easy to sell to her customers and because it allows her to have time free to attend to her household duties and also make extra income which allows her to support her children in their studies and provide them with a better quality of life. Agustina has three children aged 9, 8 and 8 months. Two of her children are currently in school.

Agustina will use her loan to buy merchandise and catalogs for the Spring-Summer season.

In this group: Nuvia Salome, Agustina Viviana, Sandra, Kathia Ivonne, Patricia, Maria Salome Elodia, Maria Del Carmen, Diana Silveria, Sandra

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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