A loan of $6,300 helped a member to buy underwear to sell.

Jazmín Group's story

The Jazmin group is made up of 15 members who are all responsible and, above all, hard-working women. It is a very friendly group that knows how to solve problems easily between themselves. They have a strong friendship which makes them different from other groups. They chose the name for the group themselves because they liked it; they’re not sure if the fact that one of the members is called Jazmin influenced them or if it was something else.

Maura is a member of the group and is 38 years old. She is the single mother of three children who are all in school. Maura sells underwear and is requesting a loan so that she can buy items such as bras, panties, tights, among other items. She has been running her business for five years and started the business because she was helping a friend with her underwear business and saw that it made money. That’s why she decided to set up a business of her own. She has made good sales and she always tries to treat her customers well. She says that the funniest thing about her job is selling underwear to men because they are very difficult to please. They either don’t like the material, the color, or the styles, and it’s very difficult to convince them to buy things, and that’s why she hardly ever sells to men. Maura says, "I like my job a lot because thanks to selling underwear, I have been able to provide for my children who are in school and for me they are my motivation to keep going. Some customers take a while to pay me but they always pay in the end." Maura used to sell by catalog but realized that she could make more money selling a variety of clothing to attract more customers, which has worked well for her.

Every afternoon Maura passes through the streets of her community and other communities selling clothing. One of Maura’s goals is for her children to be able to achieve their professional dreams so that they have a better quality of life. The other members of the group are Florentina, who will buy corn to make tortillas, Margarita who will invest in her dressmaking workshop, Maribel, Beatriz, and Miran will invest in clothes to sell, Alicia will buy materials to improve her house, Lizbeth C, Jazmin, Laura and Antonia will buy chickens and turkeys to raise and sell, Elena, Lizbeth S. and Rosalia will invest in sheep to raise and sell, finally Leticia will buy fabric to make curtains to sell.
They are all very grateful to Vision Found and Kiva for the loan which will be a great help for their businesses.

In this group: Florentina, Margarita, Maribel, Maria Alicia, Lizbeth, Maria Elena, Antonia, Jazmin*, Ma Maura, Leticia, Beatriz, Lizbeth*, Rosalía, Mirna, Laura
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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