A loan of $2,175 helped a member to buy thread, needles, and ribbons for embroidery.

Las Abuelas Group's story

This group is called Las Abuelas. The members decided to name it that because the majority of the women in the group are already grandmothers, and they also consider themselves grandmothers of the group, mothers of their companions. The group is made up of 9 hardworking, modest, creative women, artisans with good virtues. They tell us they are very contented because with their work they feel proud of their indigenous roots, of wearing
"naguas" [traditional skirts], and of being Mexican.

One of the members of the group is Mónica, a hardworking woman who has worked making napkins and tablecloths for 12 years. She tells us that what she likes most about her business is sewing and making the figures on her napkins and tablecloths. Moni, as her companions of the group know her, is happily married to Margarito, with whom she has three children.

She requested the loan to buy more colored thread, needles, and ribbon to make napkins and tablecloths. Moni tells us that she began to weave at a young age because her mother worked making napkins to sell in the neighboring towns.

The other members of the group are María, who makes napkins; Modesta, who makes napkins; Cecilia, who sells napkins and tablecloths; Ciria, who sells napkins; Luciana, who sells napkins; Rocío, who sells napkins and tablecloths; Josefa, who sells napkins and tablecloths; and Inocencia, who makes napkins.

They are grateful to the foundation for the support it has given them to get ahead, to triumph in life, and to continue doing what they like, which is to make napkins and tablecloths.

In this group: Maria , Monica , Modesta Alberta , Cecilia , Ciria , Luciana , Rocio , Josefa , Inocencia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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