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Capulines Group
In this Group: Apolonia , Josefina , Socorro, Esperanza , Angelica , Filomena , Maria Sabina, Viviana *, Lidia , Maria De Los Remedios
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The group "Capulines" is found in a very remote area that you can only reach by food since there is no transportation to this community. Most of the people here cultivate corn. They chose their group name because where they meet there are a lot of capulines [a type of cherry]. They are a small group, but they take advantage of the opportunity to do big things like making cherry atole [a corn-based drink], cherry tamales, etc.

The members of the group are all very busy women with a lot of commitments - the day we visited them they had a lot on their agenda including tending to their businesses, school meetings, etc.

We interviewed the friendly Maria de los Remedios, 51, who has been married to Alfredo for 34 years. Together they have 4 children who are already grown. They still support their daughter who is a single mother - Remedios takes care of their grandchild while her daughter works in Mexico City.

She tells us that she makes aprons that are typical of the region, in traditional colors like pink, green, neon yellow, red, blue, etc. She says "I learned from very young to make Nahua skirts that are typical of the region, as shown in the picture they are very full skirts and are therefore referred to as aprons. They are put on top of the skirts." she has been making the aprons for 25 years, starting when her husband bought her a sewing machine. She said that before, she didn't know how to make them but her mother-in-law did and didn't want to teach her. Remedios tried to make them herself, and with practice they started to turn out well and she has no trouble selling them because customers come on their own to her house to buy them.

Her difficulty is that her sewing machine is broken, but if she has leftover money from the loan she will fix it. Even though she doesn't have a sewing machine right now, in the future she wants to fix up the room where she sews and make it into a seamstress workshop. She thinks that it's very difficult because fabric is expensive, but nevertheless she invests her earnings in fabric and is also able to save to make her dream a reality.

Remedios and the rest of the group are very happy because they can invest in their businesses and improve their lives, and their families, with their profits. Filomena will buy an ox, while Maria Sabina, Josefina, Socorro, Esperanza and Angelica will buy sheep. Liliana will stock her grocery store and Viviana will buy party favors.
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El grupo de los “capulines” se encuentra en un lujar muy alejado ya que para llegar al lugar es caminando ya que no hay trasporte para llegar es un muy grande la comunidad donde la gente se dedica al cultivo de maíz. El nombre lo eligieron porque el lugar donde se reúnen hay muchos capulines son un grupo pequeño pero que la gente aprovecha para hacer grandes cosas como atole de capulín, tamal de capulín etc.
Las integrantes del grupo son todas mujeres muy ocupadas con muchos compromisos ya que le día que las vistamos tenían agenda das ya otras actividades como atender sus negocios, reunión de la escala con sus niños etc.
Quien nos regalo la entrevista amablemente fue la señora María de los Remedios quien nos conto que tiene 51 años de edad esta casad con el señor Alfredo desde hace 34 años juntos formaron una familia con cuatro hijos que ya son independientes de dicha pareja nos cuenta que por el momento solo apoya a su hija que es mama soltera mientras su hija trabaja en la ciudad de México, Doña Remedios cuida de su nieto.
También nos cuenta que ella se dedica ha realizar mandiles de tela los mandiles son típicos de la región, los colores típicos son roas, verde fosforescente, rojo, azul etc. Esta vez ha solicitado el Doña Remedios comento “Yo aprendí desde muy chica hacer nahuas faldas que son típicas de la región como se muestra en la foto son faldas con mucho vuelo , entonces su como decidió hacer mandiles, estos mandiles se ponen encima de las nahuas nos cuenta que lleva ya 25 años haciendo los mandiles y lo inicio cuando su esposo le compro una máquina para cocer cuenta que ella no sabia hacer estos mandiles sin embrago su suegra si sabía hacer los mandiles pero nunca le quiso enseñar, Doña Remedios intento hacerlos por ella misma y mediante la practica le quedan muy bien ya que nos cuenta que no tiene ninguna dificultad para venderlos porque los clientes llegan solos a su casa para comprarles.
La dificultad que presenta es que la maquina que ocupa para hacer sus mandiles esta descuenta pero con el crédito que recibe si le sobra arreglara su maquina aunque por el momento no tiene maquina en el futuro quiere arreglar el cuarto donde realiza sus mandiles adaptarla como sastrería aunque considera que es muy difícil es muy ya que la tela es muy cara sin embargo sus ganancias las invierte en su tela y también para ahorrar y hacer realidad su sueño.
Doña Remedios y el resto del grupo esta muy contentas ya que podrán invertir en sus negocios y atreves de sus ganancias su calidad de vida mejore para cada una de ellas y para su familia. Como Filomena invertirá en una res, mientras que María Sabina, Josefina, Socorro, Esperanza, Angélica, comparar borregos. Liliana surtirá una tienda de abarrotes y Viviana en recuerdos para fiestas.

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.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 70
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,636,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 14.2
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Capulines Group's $3,250 loan helped a member to buy fabric, thread, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 16, 2012
Jun 7, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 16, 2012