Total loan: $4,350

Familia Velasquez Group

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Barrio las Palomas, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Retail

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A loan helped to buy materials to make hand held brushes, so that he can sell them and buy calves for his secondary business.

Familia Velasquez Group's story

The V Family lives in the State of Mexico in a community with roots from Mazahua people. They are committed to their work and their values. To get to their community you have to walk a long way, but the beauty of the landscape makes it a great experience. They are happy to be away from the noise and close to nature. Don Pedro has lived most of his life working in the fields; his father taught him the love for the land and he would try to continue until he is unable to. He is a father of six children and only one of them studies in high school. To sustain his family, he has been making ‘escobetas’ (handmade handheld brushes) for more than thirty years. He uses a root originated in the region and after washing it and drying it he puts it through the process of sulfur coloration. Once it is ready, he cuts the bristles and builds each brush. By now, his business has grown considerably and he has clients that come to his house to buy the product; otherwise, Don Pedro goes to sell the product in the stores in the communities nearby. The same way, he is very grateful with the loan; in addition to investing in handheld brushes business, he will be able to buy calves as his secondary activity, which he had suspended for a while. “I want to get back in this business because it is very profitable” he happily said. One of his goals is to do well in his business so that he can support his daughter’s studies at the university level. “My daughter wants to be an excellent doctor” he said. The other members of the group are: Rene who will invest in calves; Jovita and María de la Luz in sheep; and Hilda and Humberto in their grocery store. *The photograph was taken in their community. It shows the animals, and Don Pedro is the one with the brushes ‘escobetillas’ in his hands*