A loan of $6,550 helped a member to buy infant clothes.

Las Trabajadoras Group's story

Guadalupe, 34, is married to Rosendo and they have four children. Lupita, as she’s affectionately called, is part of the “Las Trabajadoras” group and she says that she’s very happy because her businesses have improved little by little. She says that they named the group thus because all the group members are considered hardworking people who very much want to get ahead.

She has sold clothes for children and infants for a little more than six years now. She started the business because she wanted to help her husband with their children’s expenses and to have her own capital to cover any unexpected costs. She’s asking for a loan to continue stocking sheets, outfits for babies, diaper bags, socks, t-shirts, bibs, pants for babies and pants.

She sells her clothes outside various hospitals and people who know her go to her house to buy. Her goal is to set up a stand in her local street market. She says that right now she’s saving up to start buying the structure to build her stand.

The other 12 group members are: Elizabeth, Librada, Mariana, Lidia, Marco Antonio, Mireya, Jazmín, Bertha, Graciela, Mariela, Genaro and Yolanda. They will invest their loan in a grocery store, in ingredients to make tortillas and masa, in seasonal fruit and vegetables, in corn to resell, in a carpentry shop, to buy fabric to make tablecloths and in an Internet café.

In this group: Maria Guadalupe, Elizabeth, Librada , Mariana, Lidia, Marco Antonio, Mireya, Jasmin, Bertha , Graciela, Mariela , Genaro German, Yolanda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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