A loan of $3,725 helped a member to buy thread, needles and calico to make napkins.


Manantial Group's story

This group, called Manantial [Spring], is made up of twelve indigenous women who are full of dreams that are slowly becoming a reality thanks to the foundation. Before, none of them had their own business but thanks to God and the work that each one of them put in, their dreams are coming true. They decided to call the group Manantial [Spring] because they gather strength like a spring does, they are indigenous people worthy of support and they are as transparent as water. They the Mixtecan language. They wear petticoats and aprons. One of the members is Señora Catalina who is thirty five years old. She has sold napkins and motorcycle parts for a living for the past three years. She is happily married to Señor Margarito who is thirty five years old and they have three children - two girls and a boy. The thing she likes most about her business is tiling and embroidery. Doña Catalina is a very creative and talented lady. One of her dreams is to have a place to showcase her merchandise so people can appreciate and recognize her work. She requested the loan to buy more colored threads, hoops, sewing hooks, ribbons and needles. She is very grateful for the support that the foundation has given to to her and the people in her group as they want to better themselves and give their families a better life. The members of the group are: Cesilia - She sells antojitos [typical Mexican snacks, usually bought at street stands] for a living. Antonia - She sells antojitos [typical Mexican snacks, usually bought at street stands] for a living. Juana - She sells antojitos [typical Mexican snacks, usually bought at street stands] for a living. Isabel - She sells bread for a living. Gloria - She sells bread for a living. Cecilia - She sells antojitos [typical Mexican snacks, usually bought at street stands] for a living. Luciana - She sells antojitos [typical Mexican snacks, usually bought at street stands] for a living. Aurelia - She sells clothes for a living. Benita Ángela - She sells pottery for a living. Sofía Josefa - She sells cheese for a living. Felicita - She sells antojitos [typical Mexican snacks, usually bought at street stands] for a living. Thank you to the foundation for helping the poor, hardworking people who want to face up to life.

In this group: Cesilia , Antonia , Juana , Isabel , Gloria , Cecilia , Luciana , Catalina , Aurelia , Benita Angela , Sofia Josefa , Feliciana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam O'Brien


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