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Alicia is from Mexico. She has 4 children. She needs a loan of $175 to buy fabrics, including: polar, silk, linen, lace and threads.
Mrs. Alicia works manufacturing coats, sleeveless sweaters, skirts and blouses. She asked for a loan to buy commodities that she needs for clothes’ elaboration. Mrs. Alicia lives in Rioyos Buenavista. She has 4 children. Two of them study High School. One is in Junior High School. The last one is in Elementary School. She lives with her husband of 20 years. She wants to help him with home expenses to get ahead for her children and that they get a degree. Mrs. Alicia’s handiwork is pretty because it is handmade.
The main problem of the business is the lack of inversion. When Mrs. Alicia sells the clothes, people ask her for more, but she does not have enough money to buy more supplies to make more items. She has to wait for the payments of the last sale to buy commodities and to make the clothes. Mrs. Alicia also gives credit and people pay her in short payments. No one pays her in cash because people say that they do not have enough money.
The loan will benefit the business of Mrs. Alicia, but it will also support her family. Although it will be a little requested support, she will have the opportunity to choose and buy several fabrics. One of the desires of Mrs. Alicia is to support her children to continue studying until college. She will able to earn money for her children's education and to let them finish the college.
Entrepreneurs with specialized skills can apply for a loan in the manufacturing sector. Examples of businesses in the manufacturing sector are making and selling clothes, shoes, machine parts, baskets…the list goes on. These savvy entrepreneurs see the opportunity in their community and, with the help of a loan and their unique talents, can establish their niche. Only 3% of our loans are in the manufacturing sector.
Home to a primarily ethnic Mazahua population, the community of Najhé is located in a mountainous region in northeastern Mexico State. The climate is sub-humid, but temperatures are typically cool due to the region’s high elevation. Windstorms are common during the early spring, followed by heavy rains in the summer and frost in the winter.
Women in Najhé continue to wear typical Mazahua dress, and some community members uphold traditional artisan practices, producing pottery, woodwork, and crafts made of wool. The primary economic activity is agriculture. Squash, beans, and fruit are grown for consumption, while corn is grown both to eat and to sell.
World Vision’s work in Najhé includes agricultural assistance to improve nutrition and family incomes; vocational training and tutoring sessions; and self-esteem workshops. We are also working to improve health conditions by training volunteers who can educate community members and by providing housing materials that will contribute to better living environments.
Mrs. Alicia invested her loan in the purchase of fabrics called polar to make blankets, sleeveless sweaters, and jackets. She says that people use more of these kind of clothes in cold seasons.
Her business is growing steadily because she has pending orders. She has also been requested to make rompers for babies.
Mrs. Alicia has no debt and she has made all payments on time. She sends another person to make her payments when she is not at home so that she stays up to date. She does not want to disappoint her group.
Mrs. Alicia feels very successful. She received a proposal to make wardrobes for a dance for an elementary school. She has to make the wardrobe for all of the students. It is great news for her. There is a challenge because she just has two sewing machines, and it will make her work slowly. She asked for an industrial machine from a teacher to make the wardrobes. She is working quickly and her pieces have a better quality.
Mrs. Alicia is thankful for having the opportunity to improve her business and life with the loan.
Alicia's business has improved due to the ability to keep up with the new orders that have came to her. Without the loan from World Vision, Alicia would not have had the necessary equipment or materials to keep up with the orders. She bought a new sewing machine so that her productivity would increase as well.
Alicia's quality of life is now better, because her business makes her self-sufficient and she can support her family. She paid back the loan and was always responsible when making her payments. Alicia is grateful for the support that she received. She says that is great that people support women that want to improve their lives and run a business.
Alicia's dreams are that her children will continue studying at school. These loan funds are now available to help another worthy entrepreneur in her community. Thank you for supporting Alicia and World Vision Micro!