Total loan: $27,000

Resineros De Curucupaceo Group

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San Diego Curucupaceo, CA, Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy and plant resin producing pine trees. The resin will be harvested annually, providing income for years to come.

Resineros De Curucupaceo Group's story

To find out more about how Ejido Verde is working to create opportunity for indigenous populations watch this video This group is called the “Resinersos de Curucupaceo” because all of the members collect pine resin. They are all neighbors in the San Diego and La Cumbre community, which is a rugged and mountainous area in the Madero municipality in the state of Michoacán. Jenaro, age 39, is the member who represents the group. He is married to Elvia, and they have five children. They have two girls; Alondra, age 4; and Jazmín, age 9; and three boys; Genaro, the oldest, is 14; Ivan, who is in fifth grade, is 12; and the Cristian, the littlest, is in first grade. They all go to school. When he was a boy Jenaro inherited the trade of collecting resin from his father. To date, it is his primary support and his only source of financial income. The work consists of getting resin from the pine trees. It starts very early, going to the trees to collect the resin, storing the resin at his house, and then transporting it 150 kilometers to the capital of the state in order to sell it. This is in addition to taking care of the trees so that they do not get infested or burn on the mountain. Together with the group, he plans to use the loan to reforest areas that do not have woods so as to be able to have a greater pine resin harvest. He will do this in order to have a better quality of life and to improve his finances. In the land that is planted you can harvest the resin of up to 800 trees per hectare, while you can only harvest 80 pines growing naturally on the mountain. His plans for the future are to have resin producing pine trees planted to serve as an example for the community and generate greater income. He dreams of passing on to his children his love for working with resin and the forest. He also dreams of teaching them so that they know that they can make a living from doing so. It fills him with pride to be able to live and work in harmony with the forest. This is because he works with resin in a natural area of pines on the mountains. He is grateful to the lenders for their support and their interest in the care of nature. Not everyone is interested in taking care of the environment. He would like to tell them that pine resin has been used for thousands of years to benefit humanity, and that the forest brings more benefits than just giving us oxygen. His biggest challenge is getting a guaranteed profitable price that allows him to stay enthusiastic about the trade of harvesting pine resin. In Michoacán this trade is very old. It is known that the forests that produce resin are better preserved because a resin worker is the best friend of the forest. The group has agreed to use the loan exclusively to establish the commercial planting of 30,000 resin producing pines in order to increase the resin harvest. They feel that it is a big help not to have to use the little earnings that they have to take care of the family necessities on the project for the new plantings.