Total loan: $4,550

La Juquilita Group


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A loan helped to buy cloth, thread, stretchers, needles, and a pedal for her sewing machine.

La Juquilita Group's story

To get to this Oaxacan community takes a journey of approximately 60 kilometers. Here, there are beautiful landscapes formed by the hills, and Cerro de Oro Dam [Gold Hill Dam]. Aditionally, on the banks of the motorway small stalls selling fish can be seen. In this area, the Mazatec culture and its customs are prevalent, so it is amazing to see elderly people with their traditional, colorful, hand-embroidered suits, and their hair plaited with ribbons. The group "La Juquilita” originated in this community, and is made up of hard-working women devoted to the Virgin of Juquila, hence the name.

They are: Margarita F. who sells traditional clothing and sews; Nayeli, who sells bags, rucksacks and cosmetics; Margarita A. who sells clothing;

Reyna, who sells bread; Guadalupe, who sells clothing, as well as tamales and mole; María, who sells clothing and rucksacks; Azucena, who sells footwear; and Marina, who sells traditional clothing and desserts.

Margarita F. is known to all her friends and family as Mago and she weaves and sells hammocks in the different communities. With this activity, and her spouse's income she was able to give an education to her five children, who are now all grown up.

Talking about her work, she says, "My adoptive mother taught me to embroider, and I have taught my daughters so that part of our culture lives on in every piece of embroidery." However, hammocks are not her only products, as she also makes blouses, dressing gowns, huipiles, tablecloths, and napkins.

These earnings have allowed her to refurbish her home, as well as investing in tools and materials, as each embroidery requires a special level of difficulty. On this occasion, she will buy cloth, thread, stretchers, needles, and a pedal for her sewing machine. "I love to see a little piece of my culture expressed on the cloth, and many different people like them", she said with a big smile, and adds in her native language, "I am grateful to VF Mexico for offering us their support to invest in our businesses".

In the photo, different embroidered pieces can be seen. Mago is wearing a blue blouse and holding a cloth piece embroidered in pink.