A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy palm and paint to make baskets, fans, and toy figures.

La Palma De Calmeca Group's story

This communal bank is named La Palma de Calmeca. Ogilve and Paulina are members who will use the loan to buy palm. Eduarda will buy pumpkin seeds, allspice, peanuts, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, and garlic. Paula will buy items made from palm.

Ogilve is 42 years old and married. Her husband is an agricultural worker. They have ten children, five girls and five boys. Four of her children are in school. Three girls are in primary school, and one boy is in high school.

She requested a loan to buy palm and paint to make handicrafts from palm. She will make things like fans, tortilla baskets, and toy figures. She started her business 20 years ago out of necessity. She started with much enthusiasm in order to get her children ahead. She started with what she had and bought palm to start the handicrafts.

Her business is important because it helps feed them, and because she can then buy more palm. She likes to make the “tanates” (baskets for tortillas) and fans. She is proud of how her finished baskets, fans, and figures look so pretty. She is well-known for making handicrafts from palm by all in her community.

She is planning to expand her business and make other different figures, and she thinks she will do it with the loan she will receive. Her dreams and hopes are for her business to grow, to continue making tortilla baskets, fans, and figures from palm. She also dreams of her children learning to make these handicrafts.

The members of the group want to say thanks to Kiva and the Fundación Realidad. “Many thanks for the loans that help us to keep working in the businesses and to have a better family life.”

In this group: Eduarda, Ogilve, Paula, Paulina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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