A loan of $7,550 helped a member to purchase candy, cracklings, soft drinks, juice, and other goods.

Las Trabajadoras Group's story

Genaro is 24 years old and is a member of a group called "Las Trabajadoras" (the female workers). He says that he joined the group after it was formed, and it was so named because in the beginning, the group was comprised of only women, all of whom were very hardworking and responsible. He is a widower who lives with his mother, whom he supports and loves very much. He has different jobs but states that one of his passions is singing. Every day, he goes to restaurants and eateries to sing. He says that he is well-known and that people invite him to special events, which makes him feel good because it means that they like the way he sings. He says that when he performs, he goes by the stage name of Marcelo, and that he likes this job because aside from the fact that he gets paid, he enjoys signing for people. He states that he used to have a small cyber café, but that his computers kept breaking down. He also had a video arcade, but he had to sell his arcade games because his electricity bill was too high. He is now requesting a loan from VisionFund in order to purchase a variety of sweets to sell outside his home because he lives very close to an elementary school. He says that his mother well help him make pork and soy cracklings. He hopes to receive this loan so that he can start this business soon because he thinks it will be a success since he also wants to sell soft drinks and juice to the school children during recess. He also states that he will purchase the candy in different stores in a nearby town, where he can get low prices and make a little more profit.

The other eleven group members are Blanca Estela, María Guadalupe, Elizabeth, Librada, Mariana, Lidia, Marco Antonio, Mireya, Jasmin, Bertha, and Yolanda. They will invest the loan in their different businesses, such as in purchasing material to make bedspreads, baby clothes to sell, goods for a grocery store, feed for dairy cows to milk them and sell the milk by the liter, scrap metal to sell it by the kilo, corn to sell corn dough, pig feed to sell, and seasonal fruits and vegetables to sell.

In this group: Blanca Estela, Elizabeth, Librada, Mariana, Lidia, Marco Antonio, Mireya*, Jasmin, Bertha, María Guadalupe, Genaro Germán, Yolanda
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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