A loan of $450 helped to make "Day of the Dead" funeral wreaths.

Araceli's story

Araceli is 29, married, with three children. In the town where she lives, and in the rest of the country, the "Day of the Dead" is one of the most important celebrations. It is an occasion specially devoted to those who are no longer with us.

On November 2nd, people go to the cemeteries to decorate the graves of their loved ones and to eat with them. Others take the opportunity to surround the grave with a very unusual and meaningful altar; as through images, objects, smells and tastes, they give us an idea of what the person was like, and what pleased them when they were alive.

Araceli is part of that tradition. She works making wreaths that each year are used to decorate the graves, and all year long she makes beautiful wreaths of different colors and different flowers. She tells us that her parents were the ones who taught her to love this work, that year after year she does with a lot of effort.

She is asking the institution for a loan to buy the material that she uses to make her "Day of the Dead" wreaths, as they are called in her town. She will buy wood, wire, plastic, different colored flowers, ribbons, thread etc. Araceli's goal is to make her business grow and also to buy a little more material, because the high season for sales in her community is coming very soon.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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