A loan of $3,625 helped a member to sell footwear and bedspreads through catalogs.


Las Nenas Group's story

Gloria is 49 years old. She is a member of 'Las Nenas' (The Chicks) community bank. She says that one of the group's members came up with the name because she pointed out that no woman is ugly, she just needs to fix herself up.

Gloria is divorced and has four children who are married. Her business is selling different brands of bedspreads, shoes and handbags through catalogs. She has been doing this for five years. She says that she set up her business so that she could help with her household expenses. Although her children support her financially, she would like to feel useful and so she has her business selling linens and shoes. She tells us that she goes out to sell her shoes and bedspreads to her acquaintances every day. Sometimes her customers come to her house and just request the catalogs. They make their orders and when she has items in stock she offers them and sells them. She says that she stocks her business from different authorized distributors. Right now, Gloria is requesting a loan to invest in orders that she has from her customers. She says that one of her goals is to grow her business. She would like to sell costume jewelry and fine jewelry but first she would like to save up so that she can invest in different types of jewelry.

The other ten members of this group are Virginia, Kati, Catalina, Alma Yanet, Lizbeth, María Minerva, Yolanda, Alicia, María del Socorro and Celia. They will invest in their different businesses which include selling Mexican snacks, selling confectionery, selling groceries, selling costume jewelry, selling sweet treats and selling shoes through catalogs.

In this group: Virginia , Kati Vianey, Catalina, Alma Yaneth, Lizbeth, Maria Minerva, Yolanda , Gloria, Alicia, Maria Del Socorro, Celia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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