A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy zippers, fabric, thread, needles, etc.

Los Nuevos Group's story

Alma, 25, is from the town of Zitacuaro. She's the mother of two elementary-school children. She's a single mother, which is why she puts so much into getting her children ahead.

She belongs to a group called Los Nuevos. She says she joined the group to be able to buy a sewing machine because she has had a tailor shop for seven years. She says that needing to have a stable job led her to learn to sew. Since she was in secondary school she was interested in sewing because she was in the dressmaking workshop. From there she began to design her first creations.

She says that she's asking for a loan right now to buy material such as zippers, fabric in different textures and colors, thread, needles, etc.

She makes pants, blouses, shirts, nightgowns, sheets, blankets, and many other designs. She's going to go to Mexico City to stock up because they have lower prices and she'll have enough money to buy all the materials she needs. In the month of December she has more work because the schools order the costumes for the Pastorela [shepherd's pageant] or the dance shows.

She says her goal is to make a big workshop to give people in her town jobs, which is what is most needed to get ahead. The other seven people are J. Remedios, Citlaly, María Guadalupe, Hilda, Javier, Diana, and Mayra, and they're going to invest in different varieties to sell in a flower shop, seasonal fruits and vegetables to sell, a stationery store, cosmetics sales via catalogue, and Mexican snack sales.

In this group: Alma Yazmin, J Remedios, Citlaly, María Guadalupe, Hilda, Javier*, Diana Grisel, Mayra Edith
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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