A loan of $3,525 helped a member to buy footwear and cosmetics for her business.

Orquideas Silvestre Group's story

This group is called 'Orquídeas Silvestres' (Wild Orchids) and it has nine members. One of the group's members is 38 year-old Edali who lives in Morelos, Mexico.

Edali lives with her common-law husband who is a construction worker. They have three children: two sons and one daughter. Edali has been in the sales business for ten years. She tells us that she started out selling some products through a catalog, just in her district. She then started selling a wider variety of products in neighboring districts as well. She tells us that, through her sales, she is able to support her husband with their household expenses and is able to help pay for her children's education.

In the future, Edali would like to set up business premises so that she can make a little more income. She would like to use her loan to buy more merchandise such as shoes and cosmetics, so that she can offer a wider variety of products in her business and thereby be able to offer her customers everything they need. With the profits that she makes, she would like to continue investing and also saving so that she can offer her children a better quality of life.

(Note: the lady who can't be seen very well in the photo is called Maria).

In this group: Erica, Edali Avelina, Landy Elena, Marisol, Maricela, Felix Isabel, Ma Del Carmen, Isai, Maria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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