A loan of $3,850 helped a member to purchase perfume, cosmetics, household items and quilts by catalog.

Las Divinas Group's story

Dora Elia is 31 years old and is a native of a community called Macutzio, where her main occupation is cultivating vegetables and growing poinsettias. She is a member of the Las Divinas Communal Bank and says that they gave it that name because when they started the group a very popular serial started about some girls called Las Divinas and the group thought it sounded good and decided to name themselves that. Dora laughs a bit ashamed when she says the name of the group.

She says that she sells perfume for women and men, firming creams, scrubs, skin moisturizers, cosmetics, such as blush, powder and liquid makeup, nail polish and household items. She works for three companies and sells by catalog. She has had this business for seven years and enjoys the work because she meets many people from other communities and she can also take care of her home since she has three children and is married to Paulino, who farms vegetables.

Dora is requesting a loan in order to purchase items her customers have requested. She says she already has various things on order since right now she does not have the capital for supplies because she sells to her customers on credit. She notes that she buys her products from authorized distributors because they give her good prices. She also wants to sell quilts by catalog. She says, “I would also like to sell quilts so that I can provide a little more to my household and thus be able to buy my children what they need for their education. There are times when I cannot buy them supplies all at once. That is why I am so eager to buy them new clothes and shoes and not second hand items, as I am used to doing since at times I do not have enough,” she says, smiling timidly.

The other members of the group are Rosalinda, who will invest her loan in buying clothing for ladies and gentlemen, Maria Guadalupe who will invest in thread, frames, needles, and yarn to make blankets, napkins, cushions, etc. to sell and Victoria, who will invest in stocking up on quilts and different brands of shoes by catalog.

In this group: Rosalinda, Maria Guadalupe, Dora Elia, Victoria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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