A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy bread, shoes and cosmetics.

Las Yaguas Group's story

Ana María is a very cheerful, 36-year-old woman. She only completed high school and is married to Pablo who works as a day laborer. They have four children: Diana, Dana, José and Juan who are attending school.

Ana María has always been a hardworking woman; she likes her work and for more than 15 years has been a merchant because she’s found a source of employment in commerce and she likes dealing with people and forming good bonds of friendship.

Ana María carries out various activities: she sells cosmetics, shoes and bread from place to place. She said: “I like to be very versatile; I like doing this and that to find ways to bring money home because it’s never enough. I have four children attending school and costs are heavy; one has to move them forward.”

Ana María is very well-known in her community because of her sales and her drive to move her family ahead. She sells bread every day in the afternoon and takes advantage of this to show her shoe and cosmetics catalogs to take orders. When she has several, she fills them and makes the deliveries.

She’s asking for this loan to invest in the purchase of bread, assorted shoes, nail polish, eye shadow, lipstick and perfume to continue with her sales. She’d like this investment to lead to new customers to increase profits and continue giving her children an education and to improve their quality of life.

Ana María is a member of the “Las Yaguas” group which has seven members. The other group members are:

Mario-Grocery sales
María Elena-Fast food sales
Leticia- Shoe sales
Ignacia-Clothes sales
Gabriela-Tamales, bread and mole sales
Angela-Fast food sales

In this group: Mario, Maria Elena, Ana Maria, Leticia, Ignacia, Gabriela, Angela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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