A loan of $500 helped to buy shawls.

Josefina's story

Doña Josefina is 50 years old and married to Señor Juan who works as a businessman. Together they have 2 children. Juan Angel is 15 years old and no longer studies and Rodolfo is 13 years old and also doesn't study.

She sells shawls at the open air markets. This time she is asking for a loan to invest in her business as she barely has any merchandise left. She thinks that she has enough to buy 50 shawls more or less. She buys them ready-made as they are machine-made. She tells us that there are others that are handcrafted but these are more expensive. Also hardly anybody wants to buy the handcrafted ones. It makes her sad that people no longer value what Mexican hands can produce as now everything comes from China , machine-made.

Señora Josefina sells her shawls everyday walking the street markets and has 20 years experience doing this. The challenge she faces is that the street vendors chase her away as they don't want to let her sell in the market. Also when the children go back to school sales go down as their parents have to cover school expeenses and are out of pocket. However, despite this Doña Josefina has goals which are to improve her house and that one day she can get into another business.

She leaves us with this message: "Thank you to the people who lend us money and who are concerned about low income Mexican families; it helps us a lot."

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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