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Maria Guillermina is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $550 to buy catalogues, plastic storage containers, perfumes and cosmetics.
There is a charming community in the state of Oaxaca named "Paraíso" (Paradise). There the weather is warm and peoples' activities are tied to the land, where they work to harvest oranges and sugar canes. In this paradise on earth lives a hard-working woman named Maria Guillermina. Maria is fifty-two years old is married to Cesario. Two years ago, Maria decided to work because the region's economic situation was looking bad. She realized that it would be better if both she and her husband were employed, so she started a business selling cosmetics. She thought that the cosmetics business would be best because the hours were flexible. She could work selling cosmetics and still have time to attend to her tasks at home. She was pleased to discover that the cosmetics business can be very profitable and the clients very easy to get along with.
Maria sells her products with the help of catalogues and visits her friends' and neighbors' homes. She takes orders for cosmetics and plastic storage products. When she has enough orders, she buys the products and then delivers them. Maria is requesting a loan to buy more catalogues and several products to keep in stock to show her clients when she visits them. She wishes to expand her business so that she can continue to help her family.
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.
The community of Vincente Camalote is located in the state of Oaxaca, about two hours from the city of Tierra Blanca. The climate is warm and the landscape is lush and green. Many residents participate in agriculture, primarily harvesting sugar cane. Other economic activities include commerce and fishing.
World Vision is working to improve the health of families in Vincente Camalote by providing housing materials for the improvement of living spaces; restoring water tanks for access to clean water; and supporting medical treatment and HIV- and AIDS-awareness campaigns. We are also supporting education by training teachers and tutors and providing spiritual-formation workshops for teens.
Thank you for supporting a small business loan for Maria Guillermina Andrade to expand her retail and health/beauty business. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $550 to buy catalogues, plastic storage containers, perfumes and cosmetics. Maria Guillermina has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $34.
In addition to repaying her loan, Maria Guillermina is using additional income to buy supplies in bulk and expand the current business.
Thank you for supporting Maria Guillermina and World Vision Micro!
Thank you for supporting the small loan for Maria guillermina Andrade to improve her retail and health/beauty business. She invested her loan of $550 to buy catalogues, plastic storage containers, perfumes and cosmetics.
Maria Guillermina has now repaid her loan in full. In addition to repaying her loan, Maria Guillermina has used her additional income to purchase food for the family and buy supplies in bulk.
The loan Maria Guillermina received helped her business expand and the profits she is earning create lasting improvements in her life. In the future Maria Guillermina hopes to repair or expand their home and expand the current business.
Thank you for your support of Maria Guillermina and World Vision Micro. These funds are now being recycled to support another eager entrepreneur in the same community.