A loan of $6,450 helped a member to purchase silver, elastic, pearled threads, settings, tools, piers, steel wire, glass, ceramic, jade or amber among other stones for creating jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, diadems, hair clips and many other created items.


Quetzal Group's story

Noheli is from a populated area called Zitacuaro. She is a hard-working girl with the desire to get ahead. She says that honestly she didn't like school and that's why she only studied through the sixth grade, besides which her mom was not able to cover expenses since the fees were excessive and so she decided to stop going. She comments that from a very early age she has enjoyed working. Now she is part of a group called Quetzal, since she has been asking for loans to improve her business and keep it stocked. She says that she earns a living making and selling costume jewelry. With the new loan she is seeking she wants to buy: silver, elastic, pearled threads, settings, tools, pliers, steel wire, glass and ceramic ornaments, jade or amber among other stones for creating jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, diadems, hair clips and many other created items.

She says that she purchases materials in her area and when she has the jewelry made she goes out to sell it among her acquaintances and to people who pay her because she sells to them on credit, three payments over six weeks, so that it's not so onerous for people to buy. Her dream is to have a large business where she could sell the stones wholesale.

The other group members are named Anastasia, Gonzaol, Maribel, Maria del Pueblito, Maricela, Virginia, Martha Isabel, Norma Edith and Maria Concepcion. They are requesting loans to invest in their businesses such as preparation and sales of Mexican finger foods, seasonal produce sales, to purchase supplies for making bread to sell, to purchase items to sell at a grocery store, to maintain a truck used for transport, and embroidering handcrafted clothing items.

In this group: Anastacia*, Gonzálo, Maribel, Ma Del Pueblito, Noheli Alejandra, Maricela, Virginia, Martha Isabel, Norma Edith, María Concepción
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts


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