A loan of $3,125 helped a member to buy a range of shoes.

Jardines Del Bosque Group's story

Brenda is 30 years old. She is single and only has a high school education. She says that three years ago she decided to start her own business to earn a little more money so that she could contribute toward her household expenses. She started selling shoes through catalogs to her friends and neighbors, and gradually gained more customers. She even goes out to sell in neighboring communities. Brenda takes orders for her products. She goes out in the afternoons to show her catalogs to her customers who choose what they like the most and, when she has several orders, she supplies and delivers them. Brenda is happy because this business has not only given her the opportunity to earn money but has also allowed her to meet people and make new friends. She will invest this loan in buying a range of shoes and catalogs so that she can continue making her sales. Brenda hopes that this investment will increase her profits and, in the future, she would like to be able to set herself up in business premises where her customers can come to buy their shoes.

Brenda is a member of a group called Jardines del Bosque which has seven members. The members decided to give the group this name because it is the name of the place where they live. The other members of the group are: Verónica, who sells snacks; Silvestra, who sell snacks; Hugo, who sells clothing; Reyna, who buys and sells scrap metal; Leticia, who sells tacos, and Castor who works as a carpenter.

In this group: Verónica, Silvestra, Hugo Rafael, Reyna, Leticia, Brenda Vianey, Castor

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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