A loan of $575 helped a member to buy clothes to sell.


13- Đông Sơn Group's story

Loan Group 13 consists of six poor women, all of whom live in the Dong Son ward, Thanh Hoa City. Thanh Hoa City is the provincial capital of Thanh Hoa province, one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam. It is located approximately 150 kilometers south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Mrs. Luong is the lead borrower of the group. She is 34 years old, married, and has two children, both of whom are at school: a 10 year old son and a 6 year old daughter.

This is Mrs. Luong's first loan from the Fund for Thanh Hoa Poor Women ("FPW"). She will use the proceeds from her loan to buy clothes for her market stall.

She buys women's clothes in the Vuon Hoa market and sells them in the Dong Thanh market. With this loan, she will be able to buy 10 jackets on which she expects to make a 13% profit. She buys jackets for 160,000 VND (~US $9.15) and sells them for 180,000 VND (~US $10.30). On a good day when the weather is chilly (as it is now), she can sell 5 jackets a day.

Mrs. Luong will use the profits from her loan to pay for her children's school fees and for general household expenditures.

The loan will be split equally between 6 borrowers. The other borrowers in the group will use their share of the loan as follows:

* Mrs. Yen is borrowing 1,626,900 Vietnamese Dong (~ US$93) to buy material that she will use to make and sell women’s clothes. * Mrs. Chien will buy many kinds of small fish to sell in the Dong Thanh market. * Mrs. Bien will buy outfits to rent to others for special occasions (Teacher Day, Army Day, etc.) * Mrs. Nguyet will buy pork to make lean pork paste and grilled chopped meat to sell in the Dong Thanh market. * Mrs. Minh Quyet will buy bowls and dishes to sell in the Dong Thanh market.

In this group: Lương, Yến, Chiến, Biển, Nguyệt*, Minh Quyết
*not pictured



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