Total loan: $4,925

Sagrado Corazón Group

Cosolapa; Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / Manufacturing

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A loan helped to buy thread and thimbles.

Sagrado Corazón Group's story

The Sagrado Corazón group was formed in a community noted for being one of the three large sugar producers. On the ride to get to this place you see the sugar cane and mills which are factories where they process the cane to obtain liquid or grains of sugar.

The members of the group are: María, footwear; Shely, steel and gold plated items; Virginia, hammocks. For her part Paula has a stationary store while Mayra and Alma have an internet cafe.

Virginia is very committed to her family and to herself. She has never stopped working. For the 7 years she has lived in this community she has worked making and selling hammocks, cots and chairs with thread. "I learned how to weave the hammocks in prison along with the prisoners and I also learned how to weave the cots and chairs" she comments with enthusiasm. Virginia visited a family member in prison and took advantage of the time to learn from the prisoners and teach others what she knows.

To make the products she buys thread in great quantities that she buys in Chiapas at a good price given that the distributors know her s she is a native of this state. Virginia feels proud of the results of her work. " The hammocks are easy to transport, clients relax lying in them and if it is not a lot of work, people appreciate and respect the artisans that make them".

With the loans received and part of her profits she supports her husband with the household expenses and reinvests in raw material. This time she will use the loan to buy thread and thimbles to provide more durability to the arms of the hammock.

The Sagrado Corazon group is grateful to VisionFund for the loans awarded as with it they have been able to expand their businesses. the photograph was taken in Alma's internet cafe. Virginia is wearing the pink colored blouse beside Rufina who is wearing the yellow pants.