A loan of $4,250 helped a member to purchase new shirts, pants, blouses, shorts and dresses.

La Bendición Group's story

"La Bendición" is a communal bank comprised of 13 cheerful, kindhearted and hardworking people. Each one of them is in a type of business, and they are: Gabina, who sells refreshments; Dominga, who sells refreshments; Patricia, who sells antojitos (a typical Mexican snack); Olivia, who sells antojitos; Alfredo, who sells groceries; Elizabet, who sells sweets; Julieta Francisca, who sells clothing; Lucero, who sells home products; Fernando, who raises pigs; Lidia, who sells sweets; Norma, who sells refreshments; Pedro, who sells tortillas; and Adriana, who sells sweets. This communal bank is located in the community of Tetela, where there's an archeological site.
Julieta is 28 years old and only studied up to high school. She's married to Vicente, who works in farming. They have five children who attend primary school. Julieta sells men and women's clothing. She got her start in the business four years ago, because she wanted to help her husband pay for their home expenses. She's aware of the dire state of the current economy and she knows that they both have to work in order to be able to give their children better opportunities.
Julieta visits many homes in Tetela in order to sell her clothing. She shows the garments to her customers and, if she's lucky, she sells some products. Many of her customers make orders for clothing, and she gladly stocks up, then later delivers the merchandise and collects the payment. With the loan Julieta will purchase new shirts, pants, blouses, shorts, dresses and many other garments for selling. She wishes to make progress in her business so that she can pay for her children's school expenses.

In this group: Gabina, Dominga, Patricia, Olivia, Alfredo, Elizabet, Julieta Francisca, Lucero, Fernando, Lidia, Norma, Pedro, Adriana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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