Total loan: $7,575

El Mirador Group

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San Nicolas Guadalupe, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread, yarn, checkered fabric, etc.

El Mirador Group's story

REVISED El Mirador group comes from a community that preserves characteristics of the Mazahua culture like clothing, language, music and dance. Their economy revolves around farming, especially of corn, as well as handicrafts. The Mazahua women are known to be the best artisans in the region. Julia is a hard-working woman from a family with many values that she wants to keep and pass on to her own children. For a while, she worked in Mexico City as a housekeeper, but being away from her family made her return to her community and devote herself entirely to taking care of her children and working on her craft. From a young age, her mother taught her the art of embroidery. She recalls with a smile when her older sister made fun of how her first embroidery was very messy and resembled the family dog's tangled fur. She is currently one of the best artisans in the region, and many of her pieces are specifically requested for religious celebrations like weddings, baptisms, communions, etc. Therefore, she is asking for a loan through VisionFund to buy fabric, thread and yarn. The embroidery business has been very good for her whole family, and she has retained a very reliable clientele. To be able to dedicate herself to what she is passionate about is invaluable to her. Now, her main goal is to support her children so that they can grow in their professional lives. The other members of El Mirador group are María Antonia, who will invest in sashes; Berenice, in a stationery shop; Teresa, in traditional garments; Beatriz, in a sewing supply shop, and María de los Ángeles, in speakers and lights. *The photograph was taken on the steps of the town pavilion. Julia is in the gray sweater.*