Total loan: $41,700
Pukuri Ambakiti Group
Cherán, Mich., 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 many years.
Pukuri Ambakiti Group's story
To find out more about how Ejido Verde is working to create opportunity for indigenous populations watch this video In the Purépecha language, the phrase “pukuri ambakiti” means “good pine, pine resin tapper”. This is also the name of a group of resin tappers in the indigenous community of Cherán that is nestled in the heart of the mountains of Tarasco. This is the birthplace of the indigenous people who are of the Purépecha race, which is situated in the State of Michoacán, Mexico. The representative for this group is Rosalío, who is also part of the Communal Council. Rosalío is married and his wife is a homemaker. They have four children. His oldest child is 25 years old and the youngest is 16 years old. Pine resin has had a positive impact on his life. This business benefits his family by providing a 60% profit. Thanks to this industry, there is more business movement in the community, which has facilitated the trading of products among the resin tappers. This loan will be used and applied to the natural resources in the forestry industry. In other words, the entire planting process includes preparation, fencing, maintenance, and harvesting. This loan will also provide adequate support and care to the land that is currently producing resin. In addition, this will strengthen his business and allow him to devote himself entirely to the forest. His future plans include leaving the next generation everything that he had when he was younger so that they can enjoy the beautiful forest. His dream and that of his family is to rebuild what they had in the forest. The one thing that he is most proud of is the work he has done. He feels fortunate to have the opportunity to walk and work in close contact with nature. Rosalío feels very proud to be part of a community that has attracted interest from people from other parts of the world who are concerned about the environment and making it productive. He would like to tell people who are lending to this project of planting commercial pine trees that the production of resin takes a bit of time, but once it starts generating income, the benefits can be reaped for more than 50 years. In his opinion, Rosalío believes resin production can support the environment for more than 70 years and can continue to do so for many more years. He thinks that if we are beneficiaries of nature, then we have the obligation to preserve it. The challenges and obstacles are the same ones being faced by the community, so the inhabitants understand that they can live in the forest and have a productive pine resin business.