A loan of $6,000 helped a member to buy varnish for the furniture she sells.

Abejitas Trabajadoras Group's story

Cristina, 35, is part of a group called “Abejitas Trabajadoras” (Little Worker Bees). She comments that they named their group thus because they feel bees are very intelligent, hardworking little animals and that’s why they chose that name for their group.

She’s married to Edgar who is a carpenter and they have three children who she says are her joy and the reason to move forward. She relates that she has a business manufacturing furniture like bedroom sets, tables, chairs, dining room sets, chests of drawers, armoires and many other things she makes and sells. She relates that her husband taught her how to cut, sand and paint the wood and to sell them in a locale they have alongside a highway. She says that she’s had the business about 8 years and thanks to it she and her family have been able to get ahead.

She says that the wood she uses to make the furniture is delivered to her workshop and the wood she uses the most is pine and conglomerate (pressed sawdust). She says that she and her husband sell the furniture in a locale and sometimes she goes out to sell it in communities adjacent to her town on credit so that customers can afford to make the payments.

She says that she’s asking Vision Fund for a loan to buy varnish they apply to the furniture which is what they most need right now because she currently has several pieces of furniture still unvarnished for lack of capital because sometimes her customers don’t follow through with their payments and she does not have the wherewithal to buy supplies.

Cristina’s goal is to make her business grow. She says that she’d like her business to grow so that when she’s no longer here she can leave her children a stable business.

The other eleven group members are called Elizabeth, Rosa, Mariana, Jorge, María de Jesús, Adriana de Jesús, Teresa, Georgina, Nubia, María del Carmen and Jaime. They will use their loans to stock up on fast-food ingredients, to buy supplies like thread, needles and cross-stitch fabric to make artisanal clothing, to buy raw materials to make bread, to buy paper balloons in various designs for parties, to buy gift bags to decorate gifts to sell, to buy ingredients to make tamales and atole [drink made of corn flour] and to stock up on clothes for women and men to sell.

In this group: Cristina, Elizabeth, Rosa*, Mariana, Jorge, Maria De Jesus, Adriana De Jesus, Teresa, Georgina, Nubia, Maria Del Carmen, Jaime
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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