A loan of $7,375 helped a member to buy bleach, soap, gas, stain removers, fabric softener, etc.


Poetas Group's story

Alejandra, 44, is married to Roberto. They have had a laundromat for more than 10 years. They have three children, two in elementary school and one in secondary school.

She says that several years ago a friend invited her to work with VisiónFund to improve her business, which she has done. She rented a place near downtown. It's going better for her than before because the first one was in her house and not very visible. Also, over time she improved and bought special machines for dry cleaning and higher-quality machines. She says, "I like for my customers to be satisfied with my service. Thanks to my excellent work I have attracted more customers."

She says she started this business because she was working in a laundry. Then she left and set up her own business. She says what people like most is her affordable prices.

She cleans everything from normal clothing to leather jackets, tennis shoes, quilts, dress clothing, suits, and many other things. She says that over time she has had mishaps with the clothing but that this has given her more experience and now she very carefully washes all the clothing that it brought to her.

Right now she's requesting the loan to buy bleach, soap, gas, a variety of stain-removal products, fabric softener, etc., to give better service.

The other members of the group are Guadalupe, Rodrigo, Irma, Ricarda, Teresa, Eduardo, Beatriz, Elizabeth, Pablo, and Roberto. They will invest in businesses such as a unisex beauty salon, buying spare auto parts to sell in repair shops, seasonal fruits and vegetables, buying shoes, clothing catalogues, buying ice pops to sell, and buying fried food, sweets, and refreshments to sell.

In this group: Rodrigo, Irma, Teresa, Eduardo, Beatriz, Elizabeth, Maria Alejandra, Pablo, Guadalupe, Ricarda*, Roberto
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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