A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy a variety of threads, napkins, needles and hooks.

Bonfil Group's story

Bonfil is the name of a group made up of 12 happy and enterprising women. Each one of them has her own business with the aim of giving their families a better quality of life. This group is located in the community named Novara, which is very known for being situated by the side of the federal highway and whose primary source of employment is commerce.

Margarita is one of the members of this group. She is a very hardworking, 50-year old woman. She is single and has one daughter. She says that she only had the opportunity to study through the fourth grade of primary school. Her mother taught her to knit and do embroidery so that she could learn a business and earn a little money to help cover her own expenses. However, it wasn't until 30 years ago that Margarita decided to start making products to sell and to be able to help with household expenses. She makes knitted clothes and shoes, and embroidered napkins and tablecloths.

She makes her sales from door to door, and she sometimes works on orders placed by people who already know her.

A loan from VisionFund will help her to buy a wide variety of threads, napkins, soles, needles and hooks in order to continue her business. She hopes that her business continues prospering and that her earnings increase so that she can continue supporting her daughter in her studies.

The rest of the group members are:

Guadalupe -- shoe sales

Cirila -- sale of corn-based snacks

Alejandrina -- sale of corn-based snacks

Martha -- sale of corn-based snacks

Leticia -- food sales

Adriana -- clothing sales

Karen -- sale of costume jewelry

María del Carmen -- clothing sales

Magdalena -- food sales

Araceli -- sale of corn-based snacks

Rosalina -- pottery sales.

In this group: Guadalupe, Cirila, Alejandrina, Martha Isabel, Leticia, Margarita, Adriana, Karen Yazbeth, Maria Del Carmen, Magdalena, Araceli, Rosalina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepa Ramesh

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