A loan of $6,675 helped a member to purchase secondhand clothes and shoes for women, men, and children.


T´jiaru Group's story

Elia is 23 years old. She is originally from an indigenous community located within the boundaries of the state of Michoacán, México, where the majority of the people speak the dialect Mazahua. Elia is a hard working woman and several of the members of the group called T’jiaru invited her because they know that she is a responsible and hardworking woman. She says that it is the first time that she is entering a loan and that she is enthusiastic because with the loan she believes that she will improve her business. She sells secondhand clothing for a living. She says that she began this business because where she worked as a domestic employee in México City, her customer gifted her clothing and that was not being used and she began to sell to people from her community. After she began to go to the flea market to stock clothing to sell in the community, she said that she sold mostly children's clothes and at prices that are not expensive so her customers can buy more. She says that it is a good business because although her small son is dependent on her, as he is only 3 years old, she can also contribute to the expenses of the house. The other members of the group are named Aurelia, Karina, Alejandría, Rocío and María Clara. They will invest in their businesses of cultivating avocado, raising and selling sheep, supplying shoes by catalog and the purchasing of corn to make tortillas by hand.

In this group: Aurelia, Karina Lucero, Alejandría, Rocío, María Clara, Elia Joanna
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Yamaoka


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