A loan of $2,300 helped a member to buy natural unbleached cotton clothing and cosmetics.

Vicente Guerrero Group's story

Vincente Guerrero is the name of an integrated group of four enterprising women. They decided to give their group this name because it is the name of the place where they meet up to make their payments. Each one of these women has a job: Silvia and Mirna sell shoes from a catalog; Gloria sells clothing made of manta (a natural unbleached cotton) and cosmetics; and, lastly, Paulina has a small grocery store. Their group is located in a sugar-producing region where its people make a living through sowing and cultivating sugarcane.

Gloria is 24-years-old, studies in the university, and is single. Five years ago she decided to start working in her own business since she thought that she would earn more being her own boss. She sells clothing made of manta (like shirts, skirts, dresses, and cloth napkins), which is typical for the region, that she goes out to buy in the city of Oaxaca. She also sells cosmetics from a catalog. Gloria makes her sales by going from house to house to offer her products to customers and acquaintances. She said, "sales are good, and when I don't bring a product they place orders and I supply them. I quite like selling in the streets because I meet many people and I sell a lot." She is happy with her business and with the passage of time has managed to get many customers, which helps her increase her earnings.

Gloria will invest her loan in the purchase of a variety of clothing made of manta (shirts, skirts, dresses, and cloth napkins) and cosmetics in order to continue making sales. She hopes that in the future she will continue making sales, that her business will prosper more, and that she will thus have a better life.

In this group: Silvia, Mirna, Gloria, Paulina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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