A loan of $2,675 helped a member sell clothing for the whole family.


El Maya Group's story

Manuela is 76 years old and belongs to a group called Maya. She says that they chose this name because at the place where they meet, the owner of the house sells Mayan sculptures. In order to quickly choose a group name they decided on this one, and apart from that it's a very original name since it's one of the most important cultures of Mexico. She tells us that she has a business selling clothing for women, men, and children and says that she's had it for more than 20 years. She says she goes to stock up on her clothing in León Guanajuato where they give her better prices and in this way she earns a little more. She tells us she sells her clothing at different marketplaces in her town's surrounding communities and she's very happy with this because at her age she feels useful and has her own money. She says that she is requesting a loan to buy white stockings, shirts, and blouses for girls' school uniforms, since the new school year has just started and her customers are asking for these things, as well as blue and white trousers for boys, and skirts in specific colors to be used as school uniforms. She says that she hopes that with this loan they are giving her that she'll be able to better supply her business. The other four members of the group are Petra, Rosalba, María Elena, and Eduardo. They will invest in their businesses such as a taco stall, embroidery of artisanal garments, buying perfume and clothing from catalogs and selling them, and buying pigs and pig feed.

In this group: Petra, Rosalba, María Elena, Manuela, Eduardo
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tamara Hellgren


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