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Total loan: $1,750

El Jicaro Group

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El Jicaro, Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Ver., Mexico / Manufacturing

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A loan helped to buy nails, varnish, lacquer, brushes, sandpaper, palettes, gum, snacks, and salsa.


El Jicaro Group's story

Surrounded by crops of sugarcane, corn, beans, mango, lemon and paddocks--a sign of the hard work done by farmers every day in order to give the best to their families--the group "el Jícaro" was formed, which is also the name of their community. The group consists of: Sureima –Carpentry Yamilet –Taco Stand Maritza – Mechanic, Bakery María H-- Convenience Store Emilia – Shoes María R- Dough Johana – Bakery Yesenia – Beauty Products Sureima is 51 years old. In the community everyone knows her as Sure. She is married to Cornelio, who comes from a family of carpenters, and they have 4 children, of which only one is economically dependent on them. When Cornelio found himself unemployed 17 years ago, Sure provided him with part of her savings to start a family carpentry business. At the beginning they both made the furniture. "I will never forget how hard it was for me to sand furniture without damaging the wood, and I put the hinges on backwards, but I learned thanks to my husband" Sure happily mentioned. The profits they earned allowed them to buy a tool necessary for expanding their business. Currently their carpentry workshop is on the patio behind their house under a palm roof. They employ two people. Sure accompanies her husband to buy wood and deliver the furniture, and occasionally she helps him detail the furniture. She says that at first everyone thought she was strange since they had never seen a woman perform this type of work. Sure happily remembers how she sanded, restored, detailed, and applied varnish and polish to the furniture. Six months ago, with profits she earned, she began selling sweets and beverages to continue generating an income and investing her free time, since she does not spend as much time in carpentry as she did before. She will invest the loan in buying nails, varnish, lacquer, brushes, sandpaper, palettes, gum, snacks, and salsa, therefore investing in the two businesses. "Thank you for believing in us and for allowing us with every loan to grow our businesses. God bless you," says Sure thankfully. The photograph was taken in La Novia del Sol [another name for Tierra Blanca]. Sure is wearing the flowered shirt and blue skirt.