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Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group
In this Group: Angelina, Maria De Los Angeles Manuela , Zenaida , Lucía, Ma Alejandra, Ma Luisa

Update on Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group

The group “Artesanas del Fresno” (Ash Tree Artisans) is made up of six members. They are all very good neighbors who know each other very well and live in a Mazuhua community, which is recognized for the majority of its people who work making embroidery. In addition, there are very leafy trees in the community.

The community members have deeply rooted customs and traditions. One main characteristic of the people in this community is that they still speak their Mazahua language, in addition to speaking Spanish. They majority of the group members work making embroidery, preserving the community’s tradition – thus, the name of the group.

Alejandra is a member of this group. She says that she is 52 years old. She married Marcos when she was 29 years old, and together they have a family of four children who are now independent. Alejandra has worked doing embroidery since she was forty. She says that she learned this work because, since she was very young, her mother also worked making these handicrafts.

Alejandra concluded that, “Knowing how to embroider is a tradition; here, anyone who doesn’t make these kinds of embroidery - it’s as if they didn’t live in the community, because it’s part of our customs.”

Alejandra has a small shop in her house where she sells her handicrafts. She has no problem making sales. This time, she is requesting the loan to purchase more material, like needles, yarn, wool cloth, etc.

“For me, the loan will be a great help, because in this way I will be able to obtain my material more easily.”

Alejandra’s main obstacle is the lack of a market in which to offer her goods; in her community and the surrounding areas, it’s very difficult to get good earnings.

“I would like it if they would help us to look for a good market or some method of offering our embroidery.”

She has been taking out loans from VisionFund and Kiva for several months, which has been a great help for her business because of the ease with which she can obtain her raw material. Alejandra’s and the group’s goal is to improve the quality of life for their families. They make a great effort to obtain better earnings to pay for their home expenses, like their children’s education and buying more clothing, shoes and food for them.

Likewise, Angélica and the other group members are very grateful for the loan, because they will be able to invest in their businesses. Ángeles will invest in her cosmetics sales, and Angelina, Zenaida, Lucia, and Luisa will invest in their embroidery. They are very grateful to Kiva and VisionFund for all of their loans; for them, it has been a big help.
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El grupo "Artesanas del Fresno" está compuesto por sies integrantes, todas son muy buenas vecinas, se conocen muy bien y viven en una comunidad mazahua la cual se caracteriza por que la mayoría de las personas se dedican a la elaboración de sus bordados. Además, en la comunidad existen árboles muy frondosos, los habitantes de la comunidad son muy arraigados a sus costumbres y tradiciones, una característica más de laspersonas de esta comunidad es que aún conservan su lengua mazahua y la siguen hablando además del español. La mayoría de las integrantes del grupo se dedica a la elaboración de bordados conservando la tradición de la comunidad, por eso mismo decidieron ponerle ese nombre a su grupo. Doña Alejandra es una integrante del grupo platica que tiene 52 años de edad está casada desde hace 29 años con el señor Marcos y juntos formaron una familia con cuatro hijos que ahora ya son independientes. Doña Alejandra se dedica a la elaboración de bordados desde hace cuarenta años y cuenta que aprendió la actividad porque desde muy chica su mamá también se dedicaba a la elaboración de estas artesanías. Doña Alejandra argumentó “Saber bordar es toda una tradición, aquí quien no elabora estos tipos de bordados es como si no viviera en la comunidad porque es parte de nuestras costumbres”. La señora Alejandra tiene un local en su casa donde pone a la venta sus artesanías para ella no hay ningún problema para realizarlos. Esta vez está solicitando el crédito para comprara materia prima como agujas, estambres, tela de lana, etc. “Para mí, el crédito será de gran ayuda porque así podre adquirir más fácilmente mis materiales”. El reto de Doña Alejandra es la falta de mercado para poder ofrecer sus artesanías, en su comunidad y sus alrededores es muy difícil obtener buenas ganancias. “Me gustaría que nos ayudaran a buscar un buen mercado o algún medio para ofrecer nuestros bordados”. Ella lleva ya varios meses solicitando crédito a VisionFund y KIVA el cual le ha sido de gran ayuda para su negocio porque con facilidad puede adquirir su materia prima. La meta de Doña Alejandra y las integrantes del grupo es mejorar la calidad de vida de sus familias y se esfuerzan mucho para obtener las mejores ganancias para solventar los gastos de su hogar como la educación de sus hijos, para comprarle ropa, zapatos y mas alimentos. Así como Doña Angélica y las integrantes del grupo están muy agradecidas por el crédito porque podrán invertir sus actividades Doña Ángeles invertirá en la venta de sus cosméticos, Doña Angelina, Zenaida, Lucia, Luisa invertirán en sus bordados Ellas están muy agradecidas con KIVA y Vision Fund por todos sus créditos para ellas ha sido de gran ayuda.

Previous Loan Details

The “Las Artesanas del Fresno” group consists of six members who are all close neighbors and friends in a Mazahua community with many lush trees where many people make embroidered handicrafts. Members of this community have remained loyal to their customs and traditions, one of the most important... More from Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group's previous loan »

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 38
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,115,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group's $1,775 loan helped a member to purchase raw material like fabric, needles, and yarn.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 24, 2013
Listed
Sep 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Feb 17, 2014