A loan of $7,275 helped a member to buy clothes and shoes to sell.


Abejitas Trabajadoras Group's story

Nubia, 23, is part of a group called “Las Abejitas Trabajadoras” (Little Worker Bees) that asks Visión Fund for loans to improve their businesses in order to provide better quality of life for their families. Nubia says that a girlfriend invited her to join the group because she knew she wouldn’t disappoint them and that’s why she invited her.

She works selling second-hand clothes and shoes at a street market in her town and outside her house. She stocks up on clothes in other street markets where she buys them more inexpensively and then she resells them outside her house to earn a little profit. She says she sells clothes for women, men and children. She relates that she started the business because she didn’t have a stable job and started selling her own clothes that she didn’t wear anymore and seeing that it sold quickly she decided she’d better go into selling second-hand clothes full-time.

At present she’s asking for a loan to stock up because the months of May and June are of high demand due to Mother’s Day and the end of the school year. She puts a lot of effort into her work because she wants her daughter to have a better quality of life and want for nothing. Nubia’s dream is to build a locale at home where her business is better established so that she can be protected from weather inclemency and her clothes and shoes that she sells won’t be damaged.

The other group members are called Cristina, Rosa, Mariana, Jorge, María de Jesús, Adriana, Teresa, Jaime and Norma. They will invest in their businesses: to buy shoes and clothes by catalog, to buy supplies to make artisanal clothing, to buy bread baking ingredients, to buy supplies to make crafts to sell, to buy ingredients and corn on the cob to then sell cooked and to buy clothes for women and men to resell.

In this group: Cristina, Rosa, Mariana, Jorge, Maria De Jesus, Adriana De Jesus, Teresa, Nubia, Jaime, Norma

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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