A loan of $2,650 helped a member to buy crèmes, nail polishes, lipsticks, eye shadows, and eye liners.

Las Lupitas Group's story

The group "Las Lupitas" consists of five enterprising, cheerful, and hardworking women. Magdalena is one of the women in this group. She is 20 years old and studied through high school. Magdalena is a single mother with a young daughter. Since becoming a single mother, Magdalena says that she has had to work hard to help her daughter get ahead. She has been selling cosmetics for a little more than three years. She started out by displaying her catalogs and selling her products to neighbors. As time went by, she gained many customers from all over her community. Magdalena says that she greatly enjoys her business because the walking that is required has allowed her to meet many people. The revenue she generates has helped her daughter to move forward. The best part of her job is that she is able to have her afternoons free.

Magdalena will invest her loan in the purchase of various crèmes, nail polishes, lipsticks, eye shadows, and eye liners, as well as catalogs so that she can continue making sales. She wants her business to continue growing. Every time she gains more customers, her income increases and she is able to provide her daughter a better quality of life. Magdalena also wants her daughter to study for a profession and to know that the only way to accomplish this is through hard work.

The other members of the group are as follows:
• Virginia raises and sells cattle.
• Maria Elena sells clothing.
• Victoria sells food.
• Lourdes sells perfumes.

In this group: Victoria, Lourdes, Magdalena, Virginia, Maria Elena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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