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Aurora is from Mexico. She has 2 children. She needs a loan of $250 to buy a wide variety of shoes to sell.
A 47-year-old single mother, Aurora lives with her two sons, Jesus (18) and Jorge (15), in a charming community in the state of Oaxaca, named "Paraíso" (Paradise), where the weather is warm and the people's activities are committed to the land: they harvest oranges and sugar cane. Both of her sons are still studying while she makes a living selling shoes to support her family.
Aurora began selling shoes four months ago because of her children. She wanted to increase her income because she wanted them to live well and to see them with a good career someday. Aurora visits the houses in her community and offers her products using catalogues. When her clients ask for a particular model, she waits until she has enough orders before going to town to get the shoes. This has been a great experience for her so far as she has not had much trouble and has been able to make a good income.
Aurora would like a World Vision loan to invest in buying more shoes and catalogues to take with her when she visits the homes. By expanding her business she will be able to increase her income for her family. Her hope is that her business will thrive and she will be able to use the additional profits to continue helping her sons.
Retail is a quick and scalable way to begin earning a profit. Many entrepreneurs begin with stalls at markets or even at home and need a loan to expand or increase their inventory. Others may be ready to open a small store. Goods purchased from loan funds range from clothing, grocery or sundry items to jewelry, candy, perfume or health and beauty supplies. Loans in the commerce sector account for around 33% 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 the small loan for Aurora Arenas Molares to improve her door-to-door shoe business. She invested her loan of $250 to buy a wide variety of shoes to sell.
Aurora has now repaid her loan in full. She used her additional income to provide food, clothing, and healthcare for her family and to buy supplies in bulk.
Aurora's 2 children continue to study in school.
The profits she is earning create lasting improvements in her life. In the future Aurora hopes to continue sending her children to school, repair or expand their home and expand her door-to-door shoe business.
Thank you for your support of Aurora and World Vision Micro. These funds are now being recycled to support another deserving entrepreneur in the same community.