A loan of $2,400 helped a member to buy crafts making supplies.

Los Cedritos Group's story

Angelina, 49, comments that she never went to school but she does know how to read and write because she taught herself by watching. She also comments that she likes work more and making crafts. Her parents taught her how to make figures and pots since they too were artisans. For the last 25 years she and her husband, Ausencio, started their own crafts business during the December season which is when most of the butterflies are sold; she paints them like Monarchs since the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is nearby. She also sells pots to make piñatas for the December season.

They have had a stand near the Zitácuaro bus terminal for the last 15 years. She sells her various crafts there. They started out selling in Mexico City but when street vending stalls were banned they decided to return home to sell their crafts. They have three children: Raquel who works and helps with household expenses, Esther, 15, who is in middle school and Elsi, 13, who is in elementary school.

Angelina comments that now, thanks be to God, she’s doing very well in her business but needs the loan to be able to invest and buy what they need to continue selling crafts like different colored paints to decorate them, clay, firewood, varnish, etc. The goal she has for her business is to ask the municipal government to rent her a space where she can sell her crafts because the space she currently uses to sell her items is very small and she wants to display more of her crafts.

The other six group members are: Araceli, Leticia, María Fernanda, Fernando, Anayeli, and Ana Velia. They will use the loan they are requesting to buy raw materials to make clay crafts and to buy fruit and vegetables to sell.

In this group: Araceli, Angelina, Leticia , Maria Fernanda, Fernando, Anayeli, Ana Velia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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