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San Lorenzo Group
In this Group: Felicitas, Raymundo, Adelina , Dolores , Sonia , Carmen , Juliana, Mariana , Florencia , Laura
This group is called "San Lorenzo", whose name honours San Lorenzo Oaxaca. It is worth mentioning that the group is made up of 10 people: 9 women and 1 man. They all speak the mother tongue belonging to the Mixteca indigenous community of the coast of Oaxaca, also known as the Mixteca Baja. A little more about the community's geography: There are rivers, streams, hills and mountains. There are a great number of trees of various species, such as mahogany, holm oak, the tree of rock, and parota trees. The majority of the people work daily in the fields or make crafts. Felicitas is the name of the woman who represents the group, but on this occasion we will talk about a different member of the group: Florencia , age 39, who is married to a 49-year-old countryman named José. Felicitas has 4 children: Victor, age 19; Jonathan, age 17 who is in preparatory school; Javin, age 14, who is in high school; and Abigail, age 12, who is in grade 6. Florencia has been an artist all her life and makes textiles on a belt loom, which she sells in the region and neighbouring villages. This work forms part of a long traditional legacy of her ancestors who taught their children from a very young age to make textiles for personal use and for sale. Florencia joined her community credit group which is a few steps away from her home. She made use of her loan for the purchase of materials that she uses in the making of crafts. She purchased twisted cotton thread in various colours such as: white, blue, green, red, orange and purple; twisted cotton thread; skeins of white cotton that they use in the making of textiles; sailing thread; crystal worsted yarn; and the traditional Cuyuchi cotton thread, which is earth-coloured and is made with cotton grown in the same region and makes the cotton shirts that the indigenous men wear. Florencia has already been doing this for several years, since she returned from Mexico City where she emigrated in the search of a better future--but destiny brought her back to her native village. The only thing that Florencia wants is to give her children something better, to support them in their schooling and to have a future with better opportunities. She would like the tradition of her work to continue and not to be lost, but to be learned by future generations. The largest challenge that she has confronted has been the inequality that prevails in indigenous communities, the discrimination and lack of support from government organizations. The San Lorenzo group is set apart by the unity of its members, who are hard-working and upright. Some of them live in conditions of poverty but they have smiles on their faces that are able to relieve any problem in society. Words cannot describe the gratitude of the people who are receiving a little of abundance that we can give to those who need more. In the name of the people who are part of this credit group, Florencia sends you a hug and greetings and hopes that you have a merry Christmas and prays that God blesses you in 2011.
The members of the San Lorenzo group are listed below, as well as their jobs:



Felicitas – delicacy sales
Raymundo- delicacy sales
Adelina - fruit and vegetable sales
Dolores- groceries
Sonia - hand embroidery
Carmen- hand embroidery
Juliana - the purchase and sale of livestock
Mariana- hand embroidery
Florencia - hand embroidery
Laura - hand embroidery
View original language description ↓
Este grupo se llama “San Lorenzo” a quien hace honor a la comunidad de San Lorenzo Oaxaca, cabe mencionar que el grupo esta integrado por un numero de 10 personas 9 mujeres y 1 hombre, todos ellos hablan la lengua madre perteneciente a la comunidad indígena mixteca de la costa de Oaxaca también conocido como la mixteca baja, hablando un poco mas de la comunidad en sus paisajes geográficos, podemos observar ríos, arroyos, barrancas y montañas, en la zona habita un gran numero de árboles en diferentes especies, tales como la caoba, encino, piedro y parotas, la mayoría de la gente se dedica a las labores cotidianas del campo y las artesanías. Felicitas es el nombre de la mujer que representa al grupo, pero en esta ocasión haremos alusión a una miembro mas del grupo ella es, Florencia de 39 años de edad, casada con un campesino de 49 años llamado José.
Felicitas tiene 4 hijos que son: Víctor de 19 años, Jonathan de 17 estudiante de la preparatoria, Javin de 14 quien cursa la escuela secundaria y Abigail de 12 años de edad quien estudia el 6to de primaria. Florencia es artesana de toda la vida y elabora textiles en técnica de telar de cintura, mismos que comercializa en la región y pueblos vecinos de su comunidad, este oficio forma parte de toda una gran tradición legada por sus ancestros que les enseñan desde niñas a la fabricación de textiles para uso personal y comercialización.
Florencia integra al grupo de crédito organizado en su comunidad y a unos pasos de su domicilio, ella hizo uso de su crédito para la compra de materiales que utiliza en la elaboración de las artesanías, compro hilos de algodón torcido en variados colores como son: blanco, azul, verde, rojo , naranja , morado, hilo de algodón torcido, madejas de algodón blanco que utilizan en la elaboración de textiles hilo vela, estambre de hilo tipo cristal y el tradicional hilo de algodón demonizado hilo cuyuchi, que es de color tierra y es elaborado con algodón sembrado en la misma región y que viste las camisas de los hombres indígenas llamados coton. Florencia ya lleva varios años en este oficio, desde que regreso de la ciudad de México en donde ella emigro durante un tiempo en busca de un futuro mejor, pero el destino la trajo de vuelta a su pueblo natal.
A lo único que aspira Florencia es darles lo mejor a sus hijos, apoyarlos en su preparación escolar y tener un futuro con mas oportunidades, ella quisiera que la tradición de su trabajo no se pierdan si o lo aprendan las generaciones venideras, a lo mas grande que se ha enfrentado es a la desigualdad que impera en los pueblos indígenas, a la discriminación y falta de apoyo por parte de los organismos públicos de gobierno.
El grupo denominado “San Lorenzo”, se distingue por la unión que existe entre ellos, por ser personas trabajadoras y honradas, algunas en condiciones de pobreza pero con una sonrisa en su rostro que es capaz de mitigar cualquier estrago de la sociedad.
Las palabras no describen los gestos de agradecimiento de la gente que recibe u poquito de lo mucho que podemos dar a los que necesitan mas, y a nombre de las personas que integran este grupo de crédito, Florencia les envía un abrazo y una saludo, que pasen una feliz navidad y que DIOS los bendiga en este 2011.
Las personas que integran el grupo “San Lorenzo” son las que aparecen a continuación, también sus actividades de trabajo que realizan.

Felicitas – Venta de antojitos
Raymundo - Venta de antojitos
Adelina- Venta de frutas y verduras
Dolores- Abarrotes
Sonia - Bordado Artesanal
Carmen - Bordado Artesanal
Juliana - Compra y Venta de ganado
Mariana - Bordado Artesanal
Florencia - Bordado Artesanal
Laura - Bordado Artesanal

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

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About Mexico

  • $11,249
    Average annual income
  • 16
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  • $18,489,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.4
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of San Lorenzo Group's $3,975 loan helped a member to invest in the purchase of twisted cotton thread; cotton skeins to embroider in various colours; worsted yarn for spinning in purple, white, blue, green; coffee; cotton sailing thread; crystal skeins for spinning and natural purple cotton thread dyed with marine snails.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 8, 2010
Listed
Dec 23, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Apr 15, 2011