Total loan: $3,850
El Bosque Group
Mayorazgo, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Arts
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El Bosque Group's story
The members of the El Bosque group live in a community known for plant cultivation and animal husbandry. The Mazahua culture is still preserved in this region, and some group members speak the language as their mother tongue and maintain local traditions. Lilia is very hard-working, and her strength inspires other women in the community. She and her spouse Moisés have three grown-up children, now independent. She has taken advantage of the loans offered by VisionFund on other occasions, and is very grateful, as they have allowed her to expand her business activities. Lilia began by selling sweets outside her home, then two years later she opened a grocery store, and used the earnings from this to purchase a nixtamal (tortilla dough) mill. "Thanks to the loan and to God, I have grown little by little" says Lilia, who also began a sewing business two years ago. This time she is requesting a loan to buy different kinds of materials and threads, as she would like to see her sewing business become as successful as her other businesses. She currently has a workshop where she can comfortably sew, her grocery store, the nixtamal mill, and her two-storey home now has all necessary services. This makes her very happy, because she remembers when her home was just a single room with a tin roof. The other members of the group are Crescencio, who will invest in groceries, María Catalina, Maricela, María Isabel, María Areli, Silvia, who will invest in lambs, and Rosa Aurelia, who will buy preserved fruit. *The photograph was taken on the steps of the municipal kiosk. Lilia is wearing a hat.*