A loan of $1,300 helped a member to pay for cordage to make hammocks.


Las Estrellitas Group's story

This group is called “Las Estrellitas” (The Little Stars) and is located in Tecpatan, Chiapas. The woman who gave the interview is Matilde. She’s a single mother with two children in her care: Erlin, 20, and Yessenia Guadalupe, 15.

She buys cordage to make hammocks that she resells in her same location. She also sells Tupperware. She’s been in business 15 years and she comments that she does well because it’s allowed her to provide her children with schooling.

She learned this occupation with her mother since she was in the same line of work and she learned while still very young. When she got married she stopped doing it but, in order to help out her husband, she started up again so that together they could raise their children who were growing. Unfortunately, he left her a few years ago but even so she continues to work.

Her greatest wish is that with this activity and the loan she will be able to continue to work so that she can manage to have some savings to continue supporting her children who are still studying.

The other group members are: Irma, who buys and sells corn to make tascalate and pinol (traditional corn-based beverages from Chiapas) and also sells soft drinks, Blanca Luz, who will use the loan to buy stock merchandise for her grocery store, Jorge Antonio who buys and sells free range chickens to raise and later sell and Bertha who will use the loan to buy free range chickens to later sell butchered.

In this group: Irma , Blanca Luz, Bertha, Jorge Antonio, Matilde Alicia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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