A loan of $5,025 helped a member to buy linens, perfumes, and cosmetics for resale.

Las Sirenitas Group's story

The group called Las Sirenitas is made up of nine indigenous working people who want to grow their businesses. The members of the group are from the municipality of Pinotepa Nacional in Oaxaca, and they live in the town of Tierra de Progreso. The character of Pinotepa is seen in their traditional dances, called chilenas, and their food.

One of the group members is named Inés, she is a hard-working woman, who is very happy and chatty. Inés has worked in the sales of blankets, cosmetics, and perfume for more than six years. She tells us that what she likes best about the job is going to sell her goods out in the different neighborhoods of her community. What's not so likeable about her job are the occasions when she falls behind in filling her orders because of a lack of money, but she always tries to have them done on time anyhow.

Inés is a single mother, but, thanks to God, Inés has always been able to give her children a good start in life and always tries to give them a better education. One of Inés' dreams is to keep herself in business and, in time, to grow it a little bit.

She asked for this loan in order to buy more blankets, perfumes, and cosmetics for sales to customers in wholesales and for personal use. She is very thankful to the foundation for supporting her to achieve her dreams and give a better life to her children.

The other group members are:
Moisés – works selling perfumes.
Elvira Ofelia – works in clothing sales.
Maria de Jesús – works selling perfumes.
Rosaelia – sells fruits and legumes.
Janet Nayely – works in food sales.
Juana Catalina – works in clothing sales.
Ana Martha – makes and sells Mexican appetizers.
Rita Mayra – makes and sells embroidered goods.

They thank the foundation for helping them so that they can improve their daily lives and also for its support of single mothers.

In this group: Moises, Elvira Ofelia, Ines, Maria De Jesus, Rosaelia, Janet Nayely, Juana Catalina, Ana Martha, Rita Mayra

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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