A loan of $4,375 helped a member purchase men's and women's clothing as well as purchasing pork and plastic bags.

Progreso Group's story

Dulce María is one of the members of the group "Progreso." She is 30 years old, she studied at a college-prep school and she is a single mother of one son who goes to elementary school.

Dulce María told us that 6 years ago she decided to start her own business selling clothing and 3 years ago, she added selling pork to her business as well. She wants to improve her son's life and to offer him more opportunities in life. She began selling clothing by going door to door and selling her merchandise to friends and neighbors and she sells pork on the weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). The day before, she first offers the meat to her neighbors and other members of the community and the next day she wakes up very early to get her product ready and then she delivers the orders. Dulce María needs this loan in order to purchase more men's and women's clothing like blouses, pants, shirts, T-shirts, dresses and purchasing more pork as well as plastic bags. She hopes that with this loan, her business will prosper and she will be able to offer a better quality of life and an education to her son.

The other members of the group are:

Laura who sells shoes.
Rita who sells food.
Susana who sells mole.
Martina who sells Mexican snacks.
Ruperta sells corn and flour
Virginia sells food.
Isabel sells shoes.
Araceli sells food.
Lizbeth sells clothing.

In this group: Laura, Dulce María, Rita*, Susana, Martina, Ruperta, Virginia, Isabel, Araceli, Lizbeth
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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