A loan of $675 helped a member making “zacahuil” (a large tamale).


Las Huastecas Group's story

Las Huastecas Group This group is located in the Huasteca Potosina in the southern part of the state of San Luis Potosí bordering the state of Queretaro. Xilitla is a tourist place, which is visited by many foreigners. It has natural places that are like paradise. Its climate is warm and humid. The group is comprised of four people; Martha Patricia H. C., Maria Olivia M. Zuñiga, and Laura H. C.. For over three years these people have been selling by catalog. This activity has helped them get their families ahead and helped their husbands with the family expenses. Virginia M. Zuñiga has been making “zacahuil” (a large tamale) for ten years. She does this every Sunday, and she sells by the side of the road. She is 51, and she has five children. Two of the children are dependent upon her. This activity has helped her give her children an education. It also helps with the household expenses. She is asking for a loan for $2,000 to buy raw materials like “papatla” leaves, which are similar to banana leaves. She will also buy Chinese chili or “cascabel”, shortening, pork, and chicken for her customers’ preferences. She uses a clay stove, which her husband made in her own house. It heats for three hours before she puts the zachuil in the oven. She leaves them in for eight to nine hours so that they are ready for Sunday. She does all of this work one day ahead of time. This activity is a tradition in this region.

In this group: Martha Patricia, Maria Olivia, Laura, Virginia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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