A loan of $2,500 helped a member to make bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc.

Ollin Group's story

The following group is called “Ollin.” It was formed in San Juan Coajomulco, Jocotitlan. It’s made up of ten successful, very hard working, unified, mutually supportive women. They have also known each other for several years and that’s why they were motivated to form a group that they called “Ollin.” They decided to call it that because in Nahuatl that word means “movement” and for them this is a movement toward improvement each one makes, in this case an economic improvement through the loan. The community where this group lives is full of potters, farmers and professionals. There is very little commerce within this community. The names of the ten women who make up the group are as follows:

1.-Maura Hernández T.
2.-Antonia López Álvarez
3.-Maria Guadalupe Hernández Hernández
4.-Yazmin T. Hernández
5.-Alma Aurea Álvarez García
6.-Reyna Hernández González
7.-Ma Francisca Hernández S.
8.-Maria de Lourdes García García
9.-Angela García García
10.-Marisol Hernández González

These are the names of the women who make up the group. It’s worth mentioning that there are women in the group, like Angela, Alma and Reyna, who belong to an Aztec dance troupe. They, together with other women, are dancers and drummers and perform various rituals dances.

Angela is the group leader. She lives there in San Juan Coajomulco. She’s 47 years old and has been married 26 years. She is an artisan and also an Aztec dancer. She has three children but only two of them still depend on her; her oldest daughter is already married and the other two are studying Indigenous Languages at the university. She lives in her own house where she also manufactures the crafts. For example, she makes wood bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings. The materials she uses to make them are seeds, thread, beads, wood, etc.

Angela goes out to sell them at farmers’ markets, for example, and sometimes is able to set up a stand to sell but she usually does it when she dances downtown and she offers her wares to the people who gather round. The difficult part of what she does is that the people like the products she makes so that they will buy them.

The loan will help Angela because she tells us that it provides a source of income to have more profits. Her goal is to have a locale to sell what she makes as well as being able to manufacture the earrings and all else there. With the profits she wants to continue providing schooling for her children so that they won’t drop out of school and finish it.

Angela is also a domestic employee and this is how she helps her husband and her children get ahead and she motivates them to continue making an effort.

In this group: Maura, Antonia, Maria Guadalupe, Yazmin, Alma Aurea, Reyna , Ma Francisca, Mara De Lourdes , Angela , Marisol

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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