A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy cotton and silk thread and ingredients to make fast food snacks.

Abasolo San Juan Jicayan Group's story

The “Abasolo San Juan Jicayan” group is completely made up of indigenous Mixteca people. Most of the residents are farmers and artisans. Within the artisanal work is gourd carving and textile making (naguas and huipiles – skirts and blouses) that make up part of traditional costumes. Poverty and abandonment by authority is rampant in this population which has led to residents emigrating to the United States or other areas far from their communities. Ignorance and lack of education are ingredients that mix with inequality that’s characteristic of most indigenous populations in that region.

Edna B. M. is the group representative. She requested the loan to buy corn because she is a corn merchant. She also sells some sweets from home that she bought with the profits she’s been earning. Edna’s dream is that her daughters have professions so that they will have better opportunities and in future not have the same shortcomings they currently endure.

Another group member is Mrs. Angelica Maria Hernández S., 30. She is married to Mr. Felipe C. Merino and has two children who go to elementary school. Angelica has been embroidering napkins and blouses for the last 7 years; she also sells snacks like crispy tacos, beef tacos, tostadas and chorizo tacos at the elementary school to provide family income.

Angelica joined the group to request a loan to be able to buy more ingredients to prepare her snacks. She will also use it to buy some of the materials she needs for the napkin embroidery like cotton and silk thread in various colors.

Angelica’s greatest wish is to have a locale in which to sell her napkins and blouses and that her crafts be sold internationally and in addition that her children study and have a profession.

The members of this group are very grateful to FRAC for the loans granted and for the trust that’s been placed in them.

Following are the group members:

Lucia Damián C., 51, sells snacks.

María Guadalupe Hernández Damián, 34, sells food.

Elvira S. C., 37, makes napkins.

Edna B. M., 47, is a corn merchant.

Gabriela Gómez Hernández, 53, is a fruit and vegetable merchant.

Hilaria D. Gómez, 74, makes napkins.

Julia D. Hernández, 34, makes napkins.

Lizbeth Hernández B., 23, sells catalogue products.

Alejandra Jiménez García, 75, makes skirts.

Angelica Maria Hernández S., 30, sells snacks.

Alicia Damián Damián, 22, sells snacks.

In this group: Lucia, Maria Guadalupe, Elvira*, Edna, Gabriela, Hilaria, Julia, Lizbeth, Alejandra, Angelica Maria, Alicia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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