A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy fabric, thread and a sewing machine.

El Limoncito Group's story

The "Limoncito" group is located opposite a large reservoir. People fish there in the mornings and the reservoir also serves the purpose of supplying water to fields of crops. They are irrigated fields. The Limoncito group obtained a loan to invest in their businesses. There are nine women in the group. One of them is Maria Rosalba who will invest her loan in buying an overlock sewing machine. Maria does sewing work with her machine but she has a problem: her current machine is an old model and she needs a more recent one that will help her to make clothes and do better work. For example, Maria has to deliver some dresses that she promised to make for some young girls so that they can go out to a dance. She tells us that she knows how to do simpler pieces of work and that was what she always used to do, however, now she has to make dresses which is no easy matter. This is why she needs a new machine. She will use her loan to invest in this and continue working. This is the only way that she has for making money and covering her daily needs. Maria's goals are to become known for her work and to buy the machine that she would like for carrying out her work.

Maria is the mother of four children. Her eldest son is already a grown up and married, the other children are attending elementary school and high school. Maria is 35 years old and has been married for 22 years. She lives in her own home and her husband works as a taxi driver. This is how Maria and her husband make profits for their household and to support their children's education.

The other members of the Limoncito group are:
1. Virginia - who has a stall selling sweet treats.
2. Rosa - who has a grocery store.
3. Miryam - who has a school snack bar.
4. Maria Elena - who has a plant business.
5. Rosa Isela - who sells fruit salads.
6. Leticia - who sells shoes through a catalog.
7. Lorenza - who sells corncobs in the evening.
8. Jazmin - who sells clothes through a catalog.

In this group: Virginia, Rosa*, Miryam, Ma Elena, Maria Rosalba, Rosa Isela, Leticia, Lorenza, Jazmin
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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