A loan of $1,400 helped a member to buy dresses, pants, shorts, blouses, underweary, shirts, and t-shirts.

Las 5 Amigas Group's story

“Las 5 Amigas” [The Five Friends] is a group made up of 5 people. Each of them has a business: Micaela sells clothing; Sandra sells craft items; Reyna sells chicken; Felipe sells bread; and Elodia sells fruit. This group is located in the community of Acatlan de Pérez Figueroa, where there is a lot of commerce because the people in nearby towns come down to this town to do their shopping.

Micaela explains that she only finished primary school because her parents couldn’t provide her with more schooling. So, she learned to do housework from the time she was very young, and her parents taught her that she would only get ahead through hard work. She is a single mother and says that since the time she became a mother she has worked very hard to provide for her children. Five years ago she decided to open her own business selling clothing because she realized that she would earn more working in her own business, and she also has more time to take care of her children. She began selling clothing from her house, but now she has a store where she can show and sell her clothing. She is very happy because she sells a little more and her business is prospering. She will use the loan to buy a variety of shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, blouses, and underwear to stock her business. For the future she hopes to be able to give her children the opportunity to study for a professional career so they can have more opportunities to get ahead.

In this group: Micaela , Sandra , Reyna , Felipe De Jesús , Elodia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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