A loan of $1,575 helped a member to buy a variety of shoes.

Los Tulipanes (Flat) Group's story

"Los Tulipanes" [The Tulips] is a group made up of six happy and enterprising people. They are located in a city in the state of Veracruz. To arrive to the community, one takes a bus that drops you off on the highway, and one then has to walk around 25 minutes to arrive to the community.

Doña Maribel is one of the members of the group. She says that she started her business selling shoes by catalog five years ago. She sells her products door to door in her community, and she tells us that, thanks to God, she already has some customers, but she wants her business to prosper, so sometimes she goes to other communities to sell. Maribel mentions that she decided to start her business because she wants her children to have a better future and because she wants to help her husband with their children's and their home's expenses.

Maribel is 37. She studied until the sixth grade. She is married, and she has 4 children with Isaias. Two are boys, Isaias and Ismael, and two are girls, Yanely and Yaretzi.

She does her sales door to door, and in her free time, she goes out to offer her products through catalogs and to take orders, which she later stocks and delivers.

A credit from VisionFund will help her stock a variety of shoes.

Doña Maribel hopes that her business will keep growing. She also tells us that she is thankful to the foundation since with this loan, her business will prosper. With her profits, she hopes to continue with the construction of her home.

The other members of the group are:

Lorenza, who sells clothing
Jose Guadalupe, who sells soft drinks
Concepción, who sells soft drinks
Juan Alberto, who sells bread
Hermelinda, who sells clothing

In this group: Maribel , Lorenza , Jose Guadalupe, Concepcion , Juan Alberto , Hermelinda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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