A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy various types of undergarments.

Mujeres Emprendedoras Group's story

Yajaira, age 25, is a member of the Communal Bank “Mujeres Emprendedoras” (Women Entrepreneurs). She sells undergarments while her husband is a small-scale farmer, growing corn and beans. They have three children, which includes two daughters. Yajaira is a determined individual who was born in the neighborhood of San Nicolas. She started selling undergarments with a little bit of money that she had saved because she needed to help her husband with the household expenses since the cost of food keeps increasing each day. Her business does not have a formal name because she sells as a traveling vendor. She visits the homes of her neighbors so that she can show them the merchandise. If they like the products and do not have money to pay immediately, then Yajaira will extend credit to her customers. Her schedule for making sales is from Monday through Friday in the afternoons. This gives her time to take care of the household chores, but on the weekends she leaves very early. Her greatest difficulty is when it rains because she is not able to leave the house.

The loan Yajaira is requesting will be used to buy bras, bloomers, bikinis, boxers, and other items. With the support of this loan, she will able to move forward with her business. This enables her to generate income so that she can help her husband and children. Her goal is to establish a small shop in her home. Yajaira has participated in six loan cycles with FAMA and has submitted her payments on time.

In this group: Maria Isaura, Denia Maria*, Sevides Nereyda, Tania Yanina*, Nelsin Geraldina, Maria Del Trancito, Denia Xiomara, Enma Ruth, Yajaira Nohemy, Lucila, Bessy Yamileth, Lesly Xiomara, Ana Elsy
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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