A loan of $2,675 helped a member to make knit bags, caps, purses and sewn handicrafts.

La Presa Group's story

Yeimi is from a community where the primary economic activity is the cultivation of Poinsettia’s, since the town is one of the primary exporters of this flower. It is also well known because it is very close to a popular tourist spot called the architectural zone of Zirahuato.

She is 32 years old and is married to José Luis, who is in construction. She tells us that she has 4 children, 3 of whom are in school. She and her husband work very hard to give them a better standard of living as she herself only studied to the third grade because her parents were unable to keep supporting her due to a lack of resources.

In order to get ahead with the household’s daily expenses, she makes caps, bags, and purses, but they are very peculiar in that she makes them from the rings off easy-open tin cans. She tells us that she recycles them and interweaves them with yarn or heavy thread, giving them the form of bags, purses, satchels, caps, etc. Sometimes there are people who sell the rings by the kilo.

She is requesting a loan to continue buying materials such as yarn, fasteners in various sizes, heavy threads, pins and aluminum rings. She states that she sells them in the country’s capital, where they go for a good price. On various occasions, she has sent her products to sell in the United States, where her relatives have sent for orders. She also notes that she has on occasion sewn items such as decorative napkins, or for placing the tortillas, carpets, cushions, tablecloths, etc.

She states that she is very happy to work with the financing company because, little by little, she is getting ahead. She would like to have her own home soon, as they are now living in her mother-in-law’s house.

In this group: Juan, Yeimi, Ana Elsa, Fidelina, Karen Iveth, Maria Guadalupe, Rodolfo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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