A loan of $2,225 helped a member to buy wool thread to make overcoats, shawls, scarves, robes, bags, rugs and blankets.

El Durazno Group's story

This supportive group called El Durazno is made up of Libia, who is going to use her loan to buy walnuts; Florinda, Araceli and Rosa, who will buy wool yarn to make shawls, overcoats, bags and scarves; Domitila, who will buy fertilizer and manure for her avocados, limes, squash and raspberries; and Enriqueta, who will buy boxes and paper to pack avocados, pears, quince, peaches and figs.

Florinda, 48, studied until the 4th grade. She is married and has 9 children, 6 of whom are grown and working and 3 who are still in school - 2 in high school and 1 in elementary school. She makes artisan goods on a back strap loom like overcoats, shawls, scarves, bags, robes, carpets and blankets. She asked for this loan to buy wool yarn to stock up on prime materials. She has been part of a group of weavers from Hueyapan for 17 years. From a very young age from her mother and grandmother taught her to use the back strap loom. She goes out to sell her products in the street fairs with tourists and visitors. Her business is important because she likes doing it and it brings in profits. She reinvests part of the profits in materials, and the other part is used to buy cooking utensils and food. She is proud of being indigenous and participating in civic events and being the first to greet the governor on his visit, wearing her traditional clothing.

She is happy about the loan that she will receive, which she will use to buy thread to keep working. Her hopes and dreams are to see her children married and that the youngest who are still in school become professionals. The members of the group want to say to Kiva and Fundacion Realidad: "we thank you for believing in us and we will not let you down, so that you will lend to us again and we can move forward with our businesses."

In this group: Libia, Florinda, Domitila, Araceli, Rosa, Enriqueta

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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