A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy materials to make seasonal clothing.

Los Inversionistas Group's story

Clara, or Clarita, as she is called, is a friendly yet introverted woman. She is 44 years old and is a member of the Los Inversionistas ("The Investors") group. She has been in this group for many years and is a very responsible and hardworking woman. She has a sweets stand outside a primary school, where she works from 7:30 in the morning. She also sells winter clothing which she makes herself, such as sweaters, scarves, gloves, hats, and slippers sewn using a hook and needle.

She says that she sells clothing depending on the season. When it is hot outside, she sells caps, T-shirts, sandals, and straw hats. She buys some of her merchandise in Mexico City and she makes some herself. She has one daughter, who is studying in primary school. She is very proud of her daughter because she is an above average girl.

She has applied for a loan because she would like to stock her business with sewing materials. In the afternoons, she also sells bread on one of the busiest streets in her town, which is called the "calle de hambre" ("street of hunger") because vendors sell food from their stalls all day long, from six in the morning until one in the morning.

One of Clarita's dreams is to have a larger stall, because she cannot fit in everything that she sells and she has to take some things out. The other members of the group are Mariana, Eva de los Milagros, José Antonio, María del Carmen, Eva, Maricela, Marcelino, Lucila, and Esmeralda. They will invest in their businesses, such as a mechanic shop, shoe sales from a catalog, materials for artisan embroidery, supplies to make and sell desserts, the purchase of in-season fruit and vegetables, and the sale of clothing, cosmetics, and women's undergarments.

In this group: Mariana, Eva De Los Milagros, Jose Antonio, Maria Del Carmen, Eva, Maricela, Lucila, Clara, Esmeralda, Marcelino

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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