A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy material like fabric, pattern paper, threads, needles and beads in bulk.

Las Buganbilias De Cochoapa Group's story

This group is named Las Buganbilias de Cochoapa. The members chose this name because at the home of the representative there are a number of bougainvillea trees and Cochoapa is the name of the community where they live.

Maria Estela, 51, is married and all of her children are also married already. She lives in Cochoapa, a town where the Amusgo dialect is used and many people work making blouses, jewelry, wallets and beaded bags. Maria Estela has been making beaded clothing for 4 years. Every day she sews for as much as 5 hours. It's an exhausting activity for her vision because they use very small beads.

She says that she decided to start this business because since she was a child she watched how her mom sewed artisan crafts and asked that she taught her since she likes it a lot. The loan that she gets will be used to get more materials like fabric, pattern paper, needles, thread and beads in bulk.

Maria is happy because she says that her business is going very well since her sales have increased because she has a better stock. She's thinking about buying a blender.

Her goal for her business is to continue investing in it. She wants to buy a sewing machine to make her work easier and also wants to start selling sodas.

She's very grateful to the Fundacion Realidad and the Kiva lenders for the support that they are giving her. Thanks to this help she has improved her life and that of her family.

The group members are: Isidra, Petronila, Leticia, Maria Estela, Gloria and Aurora. The have businesses like making beaded clothing, pharmacy, selling clothing, selling crafts, and preparing food.

In this group: Isidra*, Petronila, Leticia, Maria Estela, Gloria, Aurora
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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