A loan of $2,525 helped a member to purchase embroidering cloth, threads and needles to sell napkins.

Los Arbolitos Group's story

This group is called "Los Arbolitos" ["The Little Trees"]. The group is from the Tres Estrellas community, in the Municipality of San J. del Rincon. The community has very few resources. There are many fields, and the people work sowing crops and caring for animals. Usually men work as bricklayers, learning the trade from their fathers from generation to generation.
The group is made up of 8 people; 7 women and 1 man:
1.- Feliciana José A., age 37, is requesting the loan for raising sheep.

2.-Crescencia C. A., 28, is requesting the loan to purchase sheep.

3.-Magdalena M. S., 37, is requesting the loan to purchase chickens and sheep.

4.-Damarid L. P., 28, will use the money to invest in her grocery store.

5.-Maria Catalina S. C., 64, is requesting her loan to purchase animals to raise.

6.-Maximo M. I., 55, is requesting his loan to purchase calves to raise.

7.-Leonor M. S., 33, is requesting her loan to purchase fabric to embroider.

8.-Maura José Alvino, 45, is requesting her loan for fabric to embroider.

As we can see, the members work in agriculture, sowing corn and raising animals to sell. This is how they make their living, along with any income that the women's husbands obtain; in general, they are bricklayers in this community. They are hard-working people, unassuming and humble. In their festivities, their custom is to provide much food. Thus, despite their conditions they are not at all stingy; on the contrary.
Mrs. Maura is the group's treasurer. She is 45 and lives with her husband who works in construction. She had 8 children, but unfortunately one has passed away and she only has 7 children. 2 of her children are already married, 2 others work, and the other three, two little boys and one little girl, still depend on Maura. They are in school. Maura has her own home and lives with her husband. In order to support herself economically, Maura sells embroidery that she makes. She needs a lot of material, and so she is requesting a loan to be able to purchase fabric, thread and needles. She knows how to make tablecloths and make sweaters, which are more expensive. It is complicated to sell napkins because the majority of people know how to embroider, and this is an obstacle for Maura. She goes to other areas where the people to not embroider and will buy what she makes. For example, she goes to the center of the municipality, because there are areas where they have lost the custom and there are different types of people who wante napkins or tablecloths to decorate their homes. She hopes to use her earnings to buy some chickens and a lamb to raise and then sell, but she would like to do this without having to borrow money. She also wants to provide her family with the benefit of having her children in school, through buying them uniforms or school supplies. Maura wants a better life, and she doesn't want her children to have the same luck that she had. Thus she wants them to prepare themselves to have better opportunities and a better life. Maura knows that this depends greatly on her and her husband.

In this group: Feliciana, Crescencia, Magdalena, Damarid, Mara Catalina, Maximo *, Leonor , Maura
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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