A loan of $2,500 helped a member to buy thread, sheets, needles, knitting hooks, and embroidery rings.

La Cruz De Tete Group's story

This group is named “La Cruz de Tete” (The Cross of Tete) and consists of 11 indigenous women who enjoy knitting. They have not lost touch with their roots since everyone in this town knows how to embroider and knit.

One of the members is Sra. Elidia. There is always a group that gathers around her. Sra. Elidia is 71 years old and produces and sells tablecloths, napkins, purses, shawls, and traditional dresses known as “huipiles”. She says that she enjoys this business tremendously because she sees that other women buy many traditional dresses and wear them to a party or some other special event.

Elidia is happily married to Sr. Procopio, who is 52. She says that even though her husband is younger than her, he is a hardworking and responsible man. Elidia indicates that she is not concerned about her own welfare. Her four children are already married, so she and her husband only have each other. Doña Elidia also sells meat on the weekends, offering beef and chicken by the piece. She is very pleased with all of the opportunities that God has given her so that she can succeed in life. Elidia is requesting a loan to buy colored thread, white and colored sheets, needles, knitting hooks, and embroidery rings. She is very pleased and appreciative of the support that Fundación Realidad has given her so that she can move forward and fulfill her dreams, as well as for helping indigenous people and communities that want to succeed.

The other members are as follows:
• Rafaela makes napkins and tablecloths.
• Teresa makes tablecloths and traditional dresses.
• Sofía makes napkins and tablecloths.
• Senorina makes tablecloths, napkins, traditional dresses, and purses.
• Victoria makes napkins and tablecloths.
• Berta makes tablecloths and napkins.
• Yolanda makes purses, napkins, and tablecloths.
• Marcelina makes napkins, tablecloths, and purses.
• Verónica makes napkins, tablecloths, purses, and traditional dresses.

They would like to thank Fundación Realidad for helping people who want to change their lives and provide a better future for their children.

In this group: Rafela, Teresa, Sofia, Elidia, Avelina, Senorina, Victoria, Berta, Yolanda, Marcela, Veronica

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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