A loan of $6,875 helped a member to buy a variety of blouses, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, underwear, shirts, and t-shirts.

La Esperanza Group's story

In the community of Vicente, there is a group of 10 members who are involved in different activities. María de la Luz sells groceries, Susana sells costume jewelry, Zobeida has a dressmaker's shop, Paula sells chicken, Margarita sells groceries, Yolanda sells candies, Isabel sells clothing, Guadalupe sells tacos, Gudelia also sells tacos, and Berenice sells food. These women decided to call their group "La Esperanza" since they hope that this loan will give them the opportunity for a better life.

Isabel, 41, only finished high school and is married to Raymundo, who is a farmer. The couple have 3 children who attend school. Isabel says she has always wanted to help her husband with the household expenses and their children studies by going to work. Over 9 years ago, with the help of her family, she opened her own store offering men's and women's clothing in a small space in the center of her community called "Novedades Chelo." During that time, the business has prospered, and she has many customers. Isabel wants her business to continue to grow so that she can pay for her children's education and give them a better life.

Isabel will use the loan to buy a variety of blouses, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, underwear, shirts, and t-shirts to restock her business. Isabel has always wanted to have a broad selection of merchandise and sell clothing for people of all ages, as she believes this helps her acquire more customers.

In this group: María De La Luz , Susana, Zobeida *, Paula *, Margarita , Yolanda , Isabel , Guadalupe , Gudelia, Berenice
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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