A loan of $3,775 helped a member to stock up on natural products, fruit and vegetables.


Amigos Group's story

Silvia, 59, has a business selling natural products by catalog. She says that she has a nutrition club at home and does very well. She belongs to the “Amigos” group and says they named it thus because everyone in the group gets along very well and they trust each other. She says that she’s had her business for five years and a girlfriend invited her to work and to create her club so that people will eat healthy and stay in shape. She also opened this type of business because she’d been unable to get stable employment because after the age of 35 no one wants to hire them. “It’s very difficult to find a good job with benefits,” she says; “I may not have social security but I do earn good profits.” She says that she opens for business very early and makes various nutritional breakfasts like tea, malts and salads that help people stay in good shape. Her customers also buy products from her and to make them at home. Silvia is asking for a loan to fill pending orders and to buy fruit and vegetables to make her nutritious breakfasts.

The other group members are María Eugenia, Clara, Nancy Verónica, Yessica, Elizabeth, Lorena, Graciela, J. Cruz and Maricarmen. They will invest in their businesses buying fabric to make clothes to sell, to buy ingredients to make Mexican fast-food snacks to sell, to buy items to stock a grocery store, to buy women’s, men’s and children’s clothes to sell, to buy chicken to sell by the kilo, to invest in seasonal fruit and vegetables, to sell bedspreads and linens by catalog and to buy shoes by catalog to sell.

In this group: Maria Eugenia, Clara, Nancy Veronica, Silvia, Yessica, Lorena, Graciela, Elizabeth, J Cruz, Maricarmen
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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