A loan of $3,400 helped a member to buy white cotton thread, colored yarn, colored spun woolen thread.

Primavera 2011 Group's story

"Primeravera 2011" (Spring 2011) is a group located in the community of San Lorenzo in the state of Oaxaca. The town is inhabited by Mixtec indians from the coastal area. The group is made up of 12 native indians from this town and Mrs. Cresenciana B. M. is their leader.

The name given to the group is due to the characteristics of the diversity of the vegetation, trees, plants, birds and animals that are autoctonus to the area. Before we reach the town we can see a beautiful river that flows majectically in a clean stream. The landscape always catches our attention. The people here work mainly in agriculture. Women usually focus on weaving belts which is a craft that comes from long ago. The traditions of the local indian folk are still very much alive and we are able to witness first hand the majestic attire and ceremonies that capture the attention of everyone visiting the area.

In this narrative we will talk about a member named Ninfa García Mejía who is 40 years old, married to Eleuterio who is 42 years old and has been a field worker all his life. They have three children: José Luis who is 15 and in his third year of secondary school, Raúl who is 13 and in his first year of secondary school and Elizabeth who is 10 years old and in 5th grade.

Ninfa has been making artisan crafts, napkins, tablecloths, and waistbands since she was 13 years old. The girls in the community always learn this type of art just as they learn how to make tortillas, cook and take care of children. For Ninfa this activity has been the best alternative she's had to help her husband and children with household expenses. Just like her, most women do this to provide an education for their children and also maintain the traditional artform that has been handed down for generations.

Ninfa joined this group to get financing for her business. She plans to use the loan to buy while cotton thread, which she uses as the basis for her textile products, different colored cotton yarn, and spun woolen thread to finish the tablecloths and napkins. With this purchase she will be able to guarantee production and more sales. She will use the income to cover education costs for her children, pay back the loan and continue making her crafts.

Ninfa would like to sell her products in other locations in the state of Oaxaca. She wants to improve her lifestyle and her home so her children will have better prospects in the future.

She places her hopes on her three children so that when they grow into responsible people they will help her and her husband. She wants her children to be professionals so they won't have to live in poverty. We musn't forget that the indigenous populations do not have access to basic services for development. It is a sector of society that has been abandoned. Working the fields does not guarantee a comfortable lifestyle. Ninfa invites people around the world to join the just cause for those who have less. She thanks Kiva for opening the door to hope and the Fundación Realidad for showing its committment to this abandoned sector, also for the confidence shown in their indigenous women.

"Primavera" is made up of 12 indigenous women. Below we have listed their names and occupations.

Demetria B. M..- Medicine sales
Dolores M..- Crafts
Aurelia M. Galván.- Snack food sales
Enedina Hernández S..- Clothing sales
Artemia Hernández López.- Poultry sales
Antonina M. Vásquez.- Poultry sales
Ninfa García Mejía.- Crafts
Cresenciana B. M..- Snack food sales
Josefina B. M..- Groceries
Esperanza B. Martínez.- Clothing sales
Carmela López C..- Poultry sales
Guadalupe B. Nicolás.- Crafts

In this group: Demetria, Dolores, Aurelia, Enedina, Artemia, Antonia, Ninfa, Cresenciana, Josefina, Esperanza, Carmela, Guadalupe

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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