A loan of $1,500 helped a member to buy original men's and women's perfumes.

Las Maravillas Group's story

Adolfo, 19, belongs to a group of people that requests loans which are re-payed weekly. Adolfo studies in his town's technical school, is single and has a business selling perfumes. He sells them in his school, to his classmates and teachers; He says that he began this business to help his mother pay for a portion of his studies. Since the school asks him for a lot of work and material, this would help his mother.

He says it is going well for him because his clients already put in orders with him and this motivates him to move forward. He goes and buys them in Mexico City in different stores where they give him lower prices so that he is able to make some profit. He says that some of them are sent to him by his relatives in the United States because they are sold at slightly lower prices there, and that gives him another advantage. He sells his perfumes in cash or in payments so that it's not too hard for his clients and that way his perfumes don't lose their appeal.

He is requesting a loan in order to stock up on men's and women's perfumes since he has various pending orders, and with what he makes from his sales he will be able to help with school expenses.

The other group members are named Silvia, Leshlye, Estela, María Guadalupe, Nora Angélica, Reyna and Josefina. They will invest in their businesses in a stationery store, to buy supplies to sell Mexican snacks, to buy used clothes to be sold, to buy cosmetics and shoes by catalog, and to buy corn and various other supplies to make tortillas.

In this group: Silvia, Leshlye, Estela, Maria Guadalupe, Nora Angelica, Jose Adolfo, Reyna, Josefina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau

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