A loan of $1,475 helped a member to buy a variety of of yarns and knitting needles.


Las Margaritas Group's story

“Las Margaritas” [The Daisies] is the name of a group that is made up of 5 hardworking, happy, and enterprising women. They decided to give the group this name because they really like flowers, especially daisies. Their group is located in the community of Tetela, where most of the commerce is that of street vendors, since there are few stores available in the center of the town and people also think they sell more if they go out and offer their products. The members of the group are Maricruz, who sells shoes; Yolanda, who sells clothing; Elma and Luz Elvira, who sell knit clothing; and Reyna, who sells food. Elma is 41 years old. She is single and she didn’t have the opportunity to study. She explains that since she didn’t have the opportunity to study, her mother advised her to learn a trade so that when she had children, she could provide for them. So, she learned to knit. More than 5 years ago, she began doing what she had learned because she needed a job. When she couldn’t find one, she decided to knit and then sell her products. She explains that at first it was difficult to get customers, but now people even come to her house to ask her to make various styles of blouses and knitted shoes. She is happy with her business because she really likes to knit and to earn her own money. She will use the loan to buy a variety of yarns, shoe soles, and kitting needles for making her products. Elma hopes that her business will continue to prosper so that she can have a better quality of life and save a little so that she can make some future repairs to her house.

In this group: Maricruz , Yolanda , Elma , Luz Elvira , Reyna
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day


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