A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy clothing including pants, t-shirts, ponchos, hats, gloves and scarves for women, men and children.

Granito De Arena Group's story

Félix is 34 years old and is from a community called Macho de Agua where World Vision's offices are located, which supports children with few resources more than anything else. She has worked with VisionFund for four years to improve her business' condition and with her earnings, has improved her children's lives. She says that one of her children is sponsored and she likes that because she has received support and help on the part of World Vision. She says that she studied up to her second year of secondary school because her parents could not continue supporting her because she has many siblings and they did not have enough to continue supporting her studies.

She belongs to a group called Granito de Arena and says that they named it that because a business grows little by little from one grain of sand to the next. Félix makes a living buying and selling lambs and has done so for more than five years. During December for the past two years she has been selling clothing including pants, t-shirts, ponchos, hats, gloves, and scarves for women, men and children. During the rainy season she also grows corn and wheat, which she feeds to her animals. She says that she is going to buy the clothing in Mexico City where they give the best prices and will be able to make a profit when she makes her sales. She says that she sells her clothing in her neighborhood and to people she knows around her community since she sells her clothing to them in installments and every 15 days she collects the money little by little. She is very happy with her business. She says that it is going well for her because during the cold weather she sells the clothing that she stocks up on. She is now requesting a loan to buy a greater variety of cold weather clothing and also whats to begin selling plush boots for the winter because they are inexpensive and has seen them in stock in Mexico City. Féliz wants to continue with her business all year since her customers have told her to continue selling because she knows how to pick out clothing.

She is married to Fernando who is a public transportation driver. They have three children--Estefany is in preparatory school, Fernanda is in high school and sponsored by World Vision and little Emili who is 3 years old. The loan will benefit her because she will be able to have an income source to give her children a better quality life. The other four members of the group are María de Lourdes, Sonia, Eduardo and Marisol. They will invest in businesses selling in-season fruits and vegetables, gravel, sand and stone to sell as building supplies, in the purchase of material to make artisan weaves to then sell and in the maintenance of assorted public services.

In this group: Maria De Lourdes, Sonia, Felix, Eduardo, Marisol

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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