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Doña Elba is 55 years old, married, and has two dependent children. She says that she buys men’s outfits such as smoking jackets, cadet uniforms, tuxedo tails, regular suits, and other items. Elba says that she is filled with emotion every time she rents out outfits for “quinceañeras” because she enjoys seeing the excitement on the faces of young girls as they plan their parties and helping their chamberlains (the attendants at the ceremony) transform into well-dressed young men. She takes great satisfaction in seeing the joy on her customers’ faces. Doña Elba has been in this business for 20 years. She says that just recently she partnered with her daughter-in-law and her son to enlarge her shop and buy more outfits.

Elba says that she is requesting a loan to buy fabric in different colors for making ties, bows, sashes, trousers, white shirts, and other items. She says that she wants to make her shop larger because she cannot keep all of her merchandise there. Another space has been rented so that she can store her rental outfits. Elba plans to travel to Mexico City to buy the fabrics for making trousers. The bows and other items will be made by other shops.

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Doña Elba tiene 55 años de edad es casada y tiene dos hijos que dependen de ella, comenta que se dedica a la compra de trajes de hombre como de smoking, cadetes, frac, traje normal etc. dice que a ella le llena de emoción cada vez que van a rentarle los trajes a las quinceañeras ya que le gusta ver a las chicas la cara de emoción por su fiesta y el ver a sus chambelanes muy bien cambiados, dice que su negocio le deja muchas satisfacciones ver tanta alegría en la caras de los clientes, doña Elba tiene con su negocio desde hace 20 años, hace poco dice que se asocio con su nuera y su hijo para poder hacer mas grande la tienda y comprar mas trajes. Dice que esta pidiendo un crédito para la compra de tela de diferentes colores para mandar hacer las corbatas, los moños, fajin, compra de pantalones, camisas blancas etc. dice que quiere hacer un poco mas grande el local ya que no cabe la mercancía ahí y tiene que rentar otro local para guardar la ropa que renta. Ella ira a la ciudad de México a comprar las telas, los pantalones y mandara hacer los moños y las demás cosas en diferentes tallas.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 49
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,523,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.5
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Elba to purchase fabric for making men's suits that will be rented out for events.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 3, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2011