A loan of $6,625 helped a member to buy goods for her convenience store such as soap, soft drinks, bread, milk, eggs, sugar, coffee, salt, beans, rice, cooking oil, light bulbs, toilet paper, disposable diapers, baby formula and many other products.


El Trébol Group's story

Gabriela is 42 years old and belongs to a group called ‘El Trébol’ which has 12 members who request loans from VisionFund to improve their businesses. Gabriela is from a town called Ocampo which is located very close to a monarch butterfly sanctuary which is a tourist attraction. Every year tourists come to admire the butterflies that travel from Canada. Gaby, as she is affectionately known, has a convenience store in her home. She says that she started her business because there was no convenience store near her. She wanted to make her own money so that she could help her husband with their household expenses. Gabriela has been running her business for 13 years and says that she enjoys good sales. She says “since I joined VisionFund, my business has improved a lot because at first I only sold sweet treats and soft drinks, then I started stocking a little of everything. Now I make better profits”. Gabriela says that she sells to most of her customers on account. When she sees that people can’t pay cash she helps them in this way. She says that she is requesting this loan to buy soap, soft drinks, bread, milk, eggs, sugar, coffee, salt, beans, rice, cooking oil, light bulbs, toilet paper, disposable diapers, baby formula and many other products. She goes to the city of Zitacuaro to buy her products from shops where she can get them much cheaper. This means that she can sell them more cheaply herself. She says that one of the reasons she set up her store was so that people from her community didn’t have to spend money on transportation in order to buy the basics they needed to make their meals. She says that her dream is to invest in fruit and vegetables and some cold cuts but that she needs a larger refrigerator for this so that the produce doesn’t go off. Gabriela is grateful to the institutions who will make her loan possible. Antonio, Edith Verónica, Esperanza, María de Jesús, Ma. Consuelo, María Eugenia, María Guadalupe, María Claudia, Natividad, Margarita Belinda Sara and Juliette will invest in buying material for a photography studio, buying supplies for making Mexican snacks, buying supplies for baking bread, buying chickens to sell by the kilo, buying supplies for making popsicles and ice creams to sell, stocking up with cosmetics to sell through catalogs and buying seasonal fruit and vegetables to sell from a stall in the market.

In this group: Anotonio, Gabriela, Edit Veronica, Esperanza, María De Jesús, Ma Consuelo, María Eugenia*, María Cluadia, Natividad, Margarita Belinda Sara, Juliette, Maria Guadalupe
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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