A loan of $3,400 helped a member to buy cosmetics, shoes and clothes.


Las Azucenas De Pueblo Nuevo Group's story

Jarintzi, 24, is single and teaches elementary school in an indigenous community. She says: “I like to relate to people and teach new and innovative things to children. I like working with community people because they are responsible and even though they have no formal schooling they are respectful and kind people.” She’s a member of a group called “Las Azucenas de Pueblo Nuevo” (Pueblo Nuevo Easter Lilies). She says they decided on this name because the lady of the house they meet in has many of these flowers and the ‘Pueblo Nuevo’ part is because that’s the name of their location.

She says that besides working mornings as a teacher, she also sells shoes, clothes and various brand cosmetics via catalogue in the afternoon. She says she started this business to help her parents when she was a student since she studied in a city called Morelia which is the capital of the state of Michoacán and to help her parents pay for her books and other supplies she needed she decided to start her own business. She stocks up on merchandise at various authorized shoe, clothes and cosmetics distributors.

The other seven group members are: Alma, Gabriela, Marisela, Fabiola, María Isabel, Irma and Adelina. They will invest in their businesses: to buy raw materials to make cakes and pastries in a bakery, to buy candy to sell, to buy stock merchandise for a grocery store, to buy live chickens to then sell butchered by the kilogram and to stock up to fill cosmetics, shoes and clothing orders to sell.

In this group: Alma Isabel, Gabriela, Marisela, Fabiola*, Maria Isabel, Irma, Adelina, Jarintzi
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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