A loan of $4,425 helped a member buy plastic containers.


Las Gardenias De Jamiltepec Group's story

This group is named The Jamiltepec Gardenias, it is made up of fourteen indigenous women originally from the state of Oaxaca called Santiago Jamiltepec, a land rich in traditions.

One of the members of this group is Mrs. Luisa Raquel, better known as Doña Raquel, she is 52 years old. Doña Raquel has sold plastic molds by catalogue for some 7 years, she is a street vendor. One of the things she enjoys most about her work is very good profits since she buys the products from the distributor and gets up to a 30% discount. Doña Raquel started this job thanks to her friend, Cecilia, who invited her to sell items by catalogue since it is a way for her to manage her own time without neglecting her daughter.

One of the most challenging experiences that Doña Raquel has faced is her daughters’ illness. Claudia is 25 years old and is mentally challenged. Doña Raquel mentions that her daughter is the motor that drives her to get ahead in life and to face all of her obstacles. For Raquel, one of the characteristics that she has to have for her work is to be a responsible, kind, knowledgeable, and overall active person. She considers herself to be a special person since she faces her problems with courage and does not give up easily. Raquel needs the loan to buy more plastic molds to sell since the packages that she buys cost about twenty-four hundred pesos, she will then have examples to show and which will help her convince customers to buy her products.

The other members of the group are:

Adelfa - sells bread
María Adelfa- sells Mexican treats.
Idolina- sells cheese.
Gaudencia- sells groceries.
Elizabeth- sells food.
Lucía- sells bread.
Soledad- sells cheese.
Raquel- sells refreshments.
Catalina- sells clothing.
Ana María- sells groceries.
Rosa- sells clothing.
Cristina- sells plastic merchandize.
Adriana- sells bread.

All of the members are grateful to Vision Fund for helping them invest in their businesses and to take better use of their earnings.

In this group: Adelfa , Luisa Raquel , María Adelfa , Idolina , Gaudencia , Elizabeth, Lucía , Soledad, Raquel, Catalina , Ana María , Rosa , Cristina , Adriana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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