A loan of $4,025 helped a member to buy supplies for making snacks.

Jicayan Group's story

This group is called Jícayan because all of its members are from the village of Jícayan which means "place where jícaras (calabashes) are produced". This is a village which is inhabited by Mixtec indigenous people. It is a village whose inhabitants work making handicrafts on looms such as 'enaguas' (traditional skirts) and napkins.

This group has 11 members who all work in different businesses. Albina and Elana make 'enaguas' (traditional skirts), Rosa and Sofia sell 'antojitos' (traditional Mexican snacks), Juana, Maria and Leonarda sell groceries, Elvira, Gisela and Adela make napkins and Catalino makes pizzas.

This group's representative is Rosa H. M. who is married to Jacobo Hernández and has two children who are attending elementary school. She requested this loan so that she could buy supplies such as corn for making tortillas, meat, tomatoes, chilis, etc. since she sells snacks such as golden chicken tacos, beef tacos and enchiladas in the elementary school in her village.

Another of the group's members is Juana Jiménez Gómez who is married to Rogelio H., a farmer. They have three children who are in school. Juana's business is making napkins and traditional skirts using a backstrap loom. This is an activity that she learned when she was very young since it was an inheritance from her ancestors. It has helped her to cover her family expenses. This is a very laborious task but the result is very beautiful and her handicrafts are recognized throughout the region. Many people in this region wear these skirts.

Juana tells us that her sales have done very well and she has sold more products since she requested this loan. The loan helped her to buy more materials that she needs to make her products such as blankets, colored threads, cotton threads, etc. Her most important dream is for her children to have a profession so that they have better opportunities in life.

The members of this group are very humble and simple but also very hard working. They are grateful to Fundación Realidad for the support that they have offered them with this loan.

In this group: Albina, Rosa, Juana, Sofia, Maria Magdalena*, Elena Epifania, Catalino, Elvira, Leonarda*, Gisela, Adela
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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