A loan of $4,350 helped a member to buy plastic containers to sell wholesale and retail.

Las Ardillas Group's story

This group is called 'Las Ardillas' (The Squirrels). It is made up of ten hard-working women who were born in the town of Pinotepa Nacional, in Oaxaca, better known as 'the land of opportunity'.

One of the members of this group is Xochilt Guillermina, better known as Xochilt (which means 'flower' in Nahuatl). Xochilt is 38 years old and she has been selling plastic containers through a catalog for two and a half years. Her business is the best thing that ever happened to her because she has been able to use her profits to enjoy a better quality of life. Xochilt says that what she most likes about her business is going out to sell her merchandise and meet with her customers. On the other hand, the biggest challenge she faces is that sometimes her customers don't have enough money to pay her for the merchandise that they have bought. This means that Xochilt loses profits and time. She decided to start this business in order to help her husband with their household expenses so that, between the two of them, they could offer their children a better quality of life.

Xochilt believes herself to be a special person because she really enjoys improving herself and overcoming obstacles and barriers that she finds in her path. When she is sad, she thinks of her value as a person and what her business means to her. Xochilt says that when she sets herself a goal, she does her very best to achieve it. She has requested her loan to buy more plastic containers to sell wholesale and retail.

The other members of this group are:

Martina - who sells cold cuts
Maricela - who sells perfumes
Paz Daniela - who sells bread
Candida Blanca - who sells clothes
Marisol - who sells costume jewelry
María Antonia - who sells building supplies
Patricia - who sells shoes
María Elena - who sells clothes
Abith - who sells shoes

The women would like to thank Vision Fund for helping entrepreneurial, successful women.

In this group: Martina, Maricela, Paz Daniela*, Candida Blanca, Marisol, Xochilt Guillermina, María Antonia, Patricia, María Elena, Abith
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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