A loan of $3,975 helped a member to invest in the purchase of twisted cotton thread; cotton skeins to embroider in various colours; worsted yarn for spinning in purple, white, blue, green; coffee; cotton sailing thread; crystal skeins for spinning and natural purple cotton thread dyed with marine snails.


San Lorenzo Group's story

This group is called "San Lorenzo", whose name honours San Lorenzo Oaxaca. It is worth mentioning that the group is made up of 10 people: 9 women and 1 man. They all speak the mother tongue belonging to the Mixteca indigenous community of the coast of Oaxaca, also known as the Mixteca Baja. A little more about the community's geography: There are rivers, streams, hills and mountains. There are a great number of trees of various species, such as mahogany, holm oak, the tree of rock, and parota trees. The majority of the people work daily in the fields or make crafts. Felicitas is the name of the woman who represents the group, but on this occasion we will talk about a different member of the group: Florencia , age 39, who is married to a 49-year-old countryman named José. Felicitas has 4 children: Victor, age 19; Jonathan, age 17 who is in preparatory school; Javin, age 14, who is in high school; and Abigail, age 12, who is in grade 6. Florencia has been an artist all her life and makes textiles on a belt loom, which she sells in the region and neighbouring villages. This work forms part of a long traditional legacy of her ancestors who taught their children from a very young age to make textiles for personal use and for sale. Florencia joined her community credit group which is a few steps away from her home. She made use of her loan for the purchase of materials that she uses in the making of crafts. She purchased twisted cotton thread in various colours such as: white, blue, green, red, orange and purple; twisted cotton thread; skeins of white cotton that they use in the making of textiles; sailing thread; crystal worsted yarn; and the traditional Cuyuchi cotton thread, which is earth-coloured and is made with cotton grown in the same region and makes the cotton shirts that the indigenous men wear. Florencia has already been doing this for several years, since she returned from Mexico City where she emigrated in the search of a better future--but destiny brought her back to her native village. The only thing that Florencia wants is to give her children something better, to support them in their schooling and to have a future with better opportunities. She would like the tradition of her work to continue and not to be lost, but to be learned by future generations. The largest challenge that she has confronted has been the inequality that prevails in indigenous communities, the discrimination and lack of support from government organizations. The San Lorenzo group is set apart by the unity of its members, who are hard-working and upright. Some of them live in conditions of poverty but they have smiles on their faces that are able to relieve any problem in society. Words cannot describe the gratitude of the people who are receiving a little of abundance that we can give to those who need more. In the name of the people who are part of this credit group, Florencia sends you a hug and greetings and hopes that you have a merry Christmas and prays that God blesses you in 2011.
The members of the San Lorenzo group are listed below, as well as their jobs:



Felicitas – delicacy sales
Raymundo- delicacy sales
Adelina - fruit and vegetable sales
Dolores- groceries
Sonia - hand embroidery
Carmen- hand embroidery
Juliana - the purchase and sale of livestock
Mariana- hand embroidery
Florencia - hand embroidery
Laura - hand embroidery

In this group: Felicitas, Raymundo, Adelina , Dolores , Sonia , Carmen , Juliana, Mariana , Florencia , Laura

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper


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