A loan of $2,800 helped a member to buy ladies' underwear, skirts, blouses, children's dresses, and ladies' pants.

Las Cazuelitas Group's story

The new members of the group are Leovigilda, Fresvinda, Maximina and Esperanza. They are going to use their loan to buy materials for making pottery, such as clay, packages of glaze, and firewood.

Esther is going to buy ladies', men's and children's clothing. The other members are continuing with the existing business activities.

Esther is 43, married, and has a little son who is in pre-school. Her husband isn't employed. She sells ladies', men's and children's clothing. She applied for her loan in order to stock up on clothing, such as skirts, blouses, children's dresses, underwear, and ladies' pants.

She started her business three years ago through necessity. She sells in local markets. Her business is important because that's how she earns her livelihood. She feels proud to have her own business, to live near her customers, and serve them with friendliness.

She is re-investing her earnings in her business. She wants to expand it to buy more merchandise, in order to have a well-stocked store. She intends to achieve this with the loan and her earnings.

Her hopes and dreams are to expand her business, to have the health to be able to work, and to improve her children's quality of life.

The members of the group want to tell Kiva and the Fundación Realidad, "We appreciate the loans, because thanks to your support, our businesses and our families are moving forward."

In this group: Guadalupe Calixta, Aurora, Leonor, Leovigilda, Esther, Fresvinda, Maximina, Esperanza

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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