A loan of $950 helped a member to buy fabric, buttons, closures, etc.

Familia Castulo Group's story

The group "Familia Castulo" is requesting its second loan through the institution. All three members are family and very responsible people who enjoy the work they do to lead a better lifestyle. Esther is one of the members of the group and she is 38 and married to Rogelio. They have three school-aged children. Esther and Rogelio have a small sewing shop where they make all kinds of clothing, such as coats, pants, jackets, etc. They have been in business for ten years and, apparently, the business comes from Esther's side of the family. But when they married they decided to open their own business. They take the clothing they produce to Mexico City where they sell it at a good price. They know the area very well because that is where they are from originally. The only problem they run into is when something does not sell well or when one of their sewing machines breaks down and affects the quality of their work.

Esther and Rogelio say: "Our goal is to be able to sell our clothing wholesale one day on a large order basis, and not like we do now having to go to the city to make a sale. If we are able to have a fixed customer base we can give our children a better lifestyle and renovate our house." Another member, Micaela, will use the loan to buy sweets and second-hand shoes to sell. The members are very happy and grateful to VisionFund and KIVA for this loan.

In this group: Rogelio, Micaela, Esther

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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