A loan of $3,000 helped a member to restock merchandise and buy a small cart to sell corn on the cob from.

Jade Group's story

'Jade' is a group of organized neighbors who all live in the same block and that have all known each other for approximately 10 years. Their meetings are located in the municipality of Monterrey, N.L.

Maria is one of the members of the 'Jade' group. She is a very hard working woman and is 44 years old. She has two children, a 5 year old boy who is in kindergarten and a teenage girl who is 18 years old and works in a small clothing store. Maria has been a merchant in mobile markets for the past 5 years. She told us that her business began when her sister gave her a large amount of clothing and toys. But because it gave her shame to go out and sell, her daughter was the one who started selling. After some time she got comfortable with the idea and with the help of a loan she increased her sales and started to sell beauty products, jewelry, corn on the cob and 'frituras' (a fried snack food) as well. Maria wants to restock her merchandise and to buy a small cart to be able to sell corn on the cob from, so that she isn't limited to only selling outside of her home, but can also go to different neighborhoods. In the future, with her profits, she wants to improve her house and buy a car.

In this group: Beatriz Alejandra, Felipa, Flor Elena, Ma Dora, Maria, Reyna*, Sintia Catalina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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