A loan of $4,050 helped a member to buy shoes.

Cisne Group's story

“Cisne” (Swan) is the name of this group consisting of seven people located in a sugar cane region whose residents work growing and planting sugarcane. The members of this group are: Erika who sells shoes, Elizabet who sells clothes, Maximina who sells clothes, Karen who sells clothes, Lucinda who sells costume jewelry and stationery supplies, Sabina who sells shoes and Cristian who provides taxi service.

Erika, 25, only attended elementary school and she’s married. She has a one-year-old baby daughter and she relates that a little over a year ago she started selling shoes to her friends and neighbors via catalogue. She works based on prior orders and goes out afternoons to show her catalogues to her friends and customers so that they can place their orders. When she has several pending shoe orders she stocks up and fills them. She said: “I decided to start selling shoes to earn a bit of money and what I like is that I can do my activity in my free time without neglecting my daughter or my husband.” She relates that when she sells the most is during festive times and in the months when there are school parades.

She will use this loan to buy a variety of shoes and catalogues. She hopes in future to set up her business in a locale so customers can come by to shop and she can display her products.

In this group: Erika Honorata , Elizabet, Maximina , Keren , Lucinda , Sabina Guadalupe, Cristian

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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