A loan of $6,200 helped a member to buy baby clothes.

Aroma Group's story

The “Aroma” group is composed of nine women and one man; all are hardworking, responsible people. The name of the group was chosen this way because they couldn't decide on a name. They wanted the name of a flower or a plant; however in the midst of joking around the name “aroma” occurred to a man who is no longer a group member.

Magdalena is a group member. She relates that she’s 52-years-old and married to Apolinar for the last 34 years. They formed a family with children but they are all grown now and living independently from this couple. Doña Elena, as she’s affectionately called, relates that she’s been selling all types of clothes for the last 8 years but on this occasion is asking for a loan to only buy clothes for babies. She relates that she started her activity because one of her children sold records but then changed over to selling clothes and Doña Elena decided to also sell clothes. She sells only on Mondays in one of the state’s municipalities. She’s very happy and grateful for the loan that the institution is granting her because thanks to the loan she’ll be able to buy more baby clothes for her little stand and will be able to expand and her profits will grow. Doña Elena commented: “For me it’s better to have a wide variety of clothes to offer my customers who then happily return to buy more clothes for their entire family from me.”

During the Christmas season, Elena always has problems with her stand because during this season the authorities in charge of assigning the stands give preference to those merchants selling Christmas items like sets of lights, trees, tree decorations, etc. and often she’s left without a stand during this season. Elena’s goal is to someday have a stand where she can sell her clothes and not have to be going through this time after time.

The group members are Adela who will buy corn to make tortillas and a scale, Linares and Alejandra who will buy chickens, Teresa will buy pigs, Lourdes and Adriana will buy sheep, Agripina will sell backpacks, Laura and María Maura will buy chickens and turkeys.

In this group: Magdalena, Adela , Maria Teresa , Maria Maura *, Maria De Lourdes, Adriana , Laura , Linares*, Alejandra, Agripina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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