A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy shoes to sell.

Santa Catarina Group's story


This group is maD. up of 10 indigenous women from Santa Catarina Mechoacan, Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s called Santa Catarina after the Virgin of Santa Catarina who is the town’s patron saint. Mich-huacán means: “Place of Fishermen.” Its etymology: Michin=Fish, hua=possessive, Can=Place. In Mixteco, it’s called Nutiaca, which means “Town of Fishermen;” etymology: Ñuhu=Town, Tiaca=Fish. This group is maD. up of very hard working indigenous women.

The group’s representative is Mrs. Raquel C. Hernández, 25. She’s married to Mr. Geraldo Hernández who is a farmer who grows corn, beans, etc. They have three children who are 6, 4 and 2 years of age. Two are in Preschool. Raquel sells shoes via catalogue and also sells dresses and purses the same way.

Another group member is Mrs. María García López, 33, of indigenous race. She is married to Mr. Fabian Hernández who is a farmer. He grows corn, beans, squash, sesame, jicama, etc. They have three children who are 9, 6 and 5 years of age; all three are in school.

María is a totopo maker (fried tortilla chips). She makes different sizes: small, medium and large, which can be salted, plain or sweet with sesame. She learned how to make them from her mother who taught her when she was a little girl and it’s been passed down from generation to generation.
María has to go out to the community of Jamiltepec which is 20 minutes away from her location to do her sales. Some days she sells out everything but sometimes some of her product is left over. She also sells from home and occasionally she gets orders from other communities.
María asked for the loan to buy ingredients she needs for the sale of her products. She uses profits from her sales for her family, especially for her children who are studying because she wants them to study and have careers. She’d like to grow and have a locale to be able to sell other products besides totopos.

The members of this group thank the Fundación and all the people who make the loans possible.

The members of the group are as follows:

Alejandria L. G., 56, who buys ingredients for tostadas and fast food.
Cecilia Vasquez H., 57, who buys ingredients for tostadas.
Leticia C. H., 34, who buys ingredients for tostadas.
Tomasa V. L., 35, who buys chicken and ingredients for fast food.
Cristina Q. Q., 67, who buys ingredients for fast food.
Teresa S. O., 34, who buys ingredients for tostadas.
Maria G. L., 33, who makes tostadas to sell.
Raquel C. H., 25, who buys shoes to sell.
Zoila S. D. O., 55, who buys thread to make napkins to sell.
Rosa Guadalupe H. R., 50, who buys ingredients for fast food.

In this group: Alejandria, Cecilia, Leticia, Tomasa, Cristina, Teresa, Maria, Raquel, Zoila, Rosa Guadalupe

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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