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Cecilia is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $400 to buy a hair iron and a hairdryer.

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Cecilia is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $400 to buy a hair iron and a hairdryer.

  • Top Goals To buy a hair iron and a hairdryer

Cecilia's Story

Cecilia is a 30-year-old single woman who is very committed and hard working. She lives in a "Mazahua" community in the northern part of the state of Mexico. The "Mazahuas" are an Amerindian group of people and are the most numerous in Mexico and Michoacan. The name of the community comes from Nahuatl and means "deer people."

Cecilia spends most of her time working in her beauty shop. It is a family business that she started with her aunt fifteen years ago. Cecilia recalls that it was tough when the business was just beginning because nobody knew the establishment and they did not have enough material to do their job. She would like to continue to improve her business but she lacks the financial capital to do so.

A World Vision loan will allow Cecilia to buy more tools, accessories and materials like a hair iron and hairdryer to provide a better service to the clients in her community. Her dream is to continue expanding her business and increasing her customer base. Eventually she would like to have her own place so she can stop renting the space they are using.

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Industry Info

In areas where the poor live alongside the more affluent, businesses in the service sector can be very successful. Services include flower cultivation, tailoring/sewing, transportation, repair work, beauty salons and barber shops, and restaurants. Loans are needed to begin, expand, or sustain business with tools and supplies. Loans given to entrepreneurs in the service sector account for around 7% of our loans.

Cecilia's Community

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.

Cecilia's Mid Term Update July 29, 2012

Thank you for supporting a small business loan for Cecilia Galán González to expand her services and health/beauty business where she runs a beauty shop. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $400 to buy a hair iron and a hairdryer.

Cecilia has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $23. In addition to repaying her loan, Cecilia is using her additional income to purchase food and school supplies for her family.

Thank you for supporting Cecilia and World Vision Micro!

Cecilia's Final Update September 27, 2012


Thank you for supporting the small loan for Cecilia Galán González to improve her services and health/beauty business. She invested her loan of $400 to buy a hair iron and a hairdryer.

Cecilia has now repaid her loan in full. In addition to repaying her loan, Cecilia has used her additional income to purchase food for the family and expand the current business.

The loan Cecilia received helped her business expand, and the profits she is earning create lasting improvements in her life. In the future, Cecilia hopes to repair or expand their home, expand the current business and take out another loan.

Cecilia has repaid her loan in full, 100%. These loan funds are now available to help another worthy entrepreneur in her community. Thank you for supporting Cecilia and World Vision Micro!

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    May 31, 2012
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