A loan of $1,350 helped a member to buy clothing such as sweatpants, shirts, trousers, skirts, and children's clothing.

Las Chabelitas Group's story

The “Las Chabelitas” group is located in a calm community with very friendly people. They say that in the month of February, there is a carnival in which everyone has a lot of fun. Some of them participate in this carnival. Mateo chose the name of the group, because one of his daughters is named María Isabel and they affectionately call her Chabelita. The members are very hardworking people, but above all they are very happy.

María Isabel, Mateo's daughter, also belongs to the group. She is 28 years old and lives in a common law marriage with José Alejandro. Together they have started a family with their three children, who go to school. Isabel has applied for this loan to buy new clothing, such as pants, sweaters, shirts, clothing for babies and children, etc. She has already been in this business for three years, because she wanted to help her husband with their household expenses. Isabel says, "My children were very young and I was unable to work because I couldn't leave them alone for a long time, so it was easier for me to start selling clothing." Isabel says that she started her business with only 500 pesos.

She has applied for this loan to buy more clothing in Toluca, which she will then sell by walking around the surrounding communities. She considers this a very good way to make sales because she can have more clients. If she only established herself in one place, she would not have the same income that she currently has. Isabel says that her only difficulty arises when her clients take a long time to pay her, and when her income is not very good. However, this has not been serious and it has not kept her from having big dreams, such as her children finishing a professional degree so that they can fulfill themselves and have a better quality of life. She would also like to make improvements to her home so that the family is more comfortable.

Isabel and the group members are very happy and grateful to VisionFund and Kiva for this loan. Like Isabel, they will be able to invest in their businesses. Mateo will invest in his tire repair shop, Ana Lilia will invest in clothing, and Sebastián will invest in construction materials.

In this group: Isabel, Mateo, Sebastian, Ana Lilia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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