A loan of $3,825 helped a member purchase materials for making linens.

Mazahua Group's story

This group is called “Mazahua” because the community in which they live is deeply rooted in the dialect of the same name. They live in Atlacomulco, in the State of Mexico, where the people press forward with great commitment and attitude despite facing various hardships in their daily lives. The group consists of ten members.

The group treasurer is Rocío E. Cárdenas. She is 25 years old and studied through high school. Unfortunately, she says she had to quit school because of growing responsibilities at home and having to support her family by sewing. She is single and does not have children, but she is responsible for taking care of her nine siblings together with her mother. Every day she looks for ways to meet their needs. She makes tablecloths and napkins that are mainly sold in San Marcos Tlazalpan, Toluca, Mexico City, Santiago Acutzilapan, and Atlacomulco. Rocio learned how to sew at a young age without realizing that one day this skill would become a source of income. She always enjoyed sewing and was taught by her mother. Even though she had a hard time learning how to sew at first, Rocio’s dedication and perseverance resulted in the excellent work she produces today. She faces many challenges as a result of her weakened eyesight, but fortunately her family helps her with her other jobs. Upon requesting this loan, Rocio thought about what she would be buy and had always wanted to start a business making linens, so she will use the money to acquire the necessary materials. She hopes that though her work, her siblings will find better opportunities in other areas of society and experience a better quality of life today.

The other group members are:
Felipa N. M. – sells plastics
Graciela V. Martínez - sells metal cookware products
Catalina Cárdenas Cárdenas - sells plastics and metal cookware
Cristina R. Cárdenas - sells vegetables and handicrafts
Ana Rosa Méndez N. – sells plastics
Diana M. N. - sells plastics
Lucia Ramírez Sánchez – sells groceries
Luisa N. M. – operates a metal workshop
Mahe Adriana Hernández M. - operates a metal workshop

In this group: Rocio, Felipa, Graciela, Catalina, Cristina, Ana Rosa, Diana, Lucia, Luisa, Mahe Adriana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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