Total loan: $3,575

Comerciantes De Ñuu Savi Group

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A loan helped This next loan is for the purchase of materials for making napkins, tablecloths, coats and textiles. The materials that they use are cotton threads in varied colours, skeins of sailing thread, crafty cotton thread, and cotton thread dyed with purple marine snails. These materials are made locally and have a high production cost.

Comerciantes De Ñuu Savi Group's story

The name of this next group is “Comerciante de Ñuu Savi”. It is located in the San Juan Jucayan Oaxaca community. The group's name is in mixed languages and means "people of the rain". The group is made up of a total of 11 people: 10 women and 1 man. All of the members belong to the "la mixteca baja de la costa chica Oaxaqueña" Indigenous community. The group's representative is Alicia González Barragán, and this time we will be talking about a group member whose name is Reyna Q. Hernández. She is 32 and married to Braulio, age 40. Reyna has 4 children: Braulio, age 15; Araceli, age 13; Artemio, age 9; and Jesús, age 2. Reyna makes textiles using a technique known as a belt loom. With this, she makes petticoats, napkins, tablecloths and textiles for huipiles [Maya tunics or blouses]. The technique is unique, in the production of threads and in their usage. This technique dates from prehispanic times to the present day. They sell these products in the coastal region, and they are very well-received by foreign tourists and nationals. In the majority of cases, the petticoats and huipiles are for the personal use of the indigenous people, and the napkins are used to wrap the corn tortillas. The tablecloths are to decorate tables. The main reason that they make these products is necessity; the poverty in which they live and the shortage of well-paid workers. Reyna has been making these prized handcrafts from a very young age. Sometimes things go badly, but this does not make her stop her projects. She joined this credit group out of the need for the necessary resources to make her weavings. The majority of the necessary materials for this production are made through slightly costly techniques, such as the dying of thread with purple charcoal. She made use of this recourse for the acquisition of twisted cotton thread in various colours such as: white, blue, green, red, orange, purple; and white cotton skeins that they use in making textiles, which they obtain using the technique of spinning by hand with wooden spindles; white sailing thread which is fundamental in the workshops in making worsted yarn from crystal thread; and the traditional cotton thread called Cuyuchi cotton thread. Reyna has been doing this for many years and is teaching her daughters so that later on they will be able to create art, thus preserving this valuable legacy. Reyna wants to continue to be supported in the facilitation of materials for her work. She would like her children to prepare themselves, for her work and health to stay strong and for her production not to diminish, for the demand and promotion of her creations to increase. “Comerciantes de Ñuu Savi” is a group that has great commitment from its members. In the name of its members, Reyna wishes you joy and sends a hug to those who support the large worldwide Kiva family. She thanks the Fundacion Realidad for trusting in them. These are the names of the members and their jobs: Carmelita D. González. – chicken sales Marcelina C..- delicacy sales Flora D. C..- delicacy sales Reyna Q. Hernández.- hand embroidery Clementina D. D..-meat sales Alicia González Barragán.- clothing sales Cresencia M. D..- the baking and sale of bread Celia García T..- drink sales Victorina C. Hernández.-the baking and sale of bread Isidora Hernández López.- grocery store Pablo S. C..- meat sales