A loan of $2,300 helped a member to buy soft drinks and ingredients for making tamales.

Agua Group's story

This group is called "Agua" and is made up of seven hard-working and modest women, who wish to make their businesses grow and improve their lives.

The members of this group are from Pinotepa Nacional in Oaxaca state, a land of hard-working people and progress; but also much hunger, as there are many poor people, although there are plenty who take more than their fair share.

In Pinotepa the most popular dance is the Chilena. In Pinotepa there are small businesses and also many children playing in the park, and many women selling tamales in the streets of the community.

One of Pinotepa's traditions is the "Fifth Friday" holiday where there are a lot of fun and games in the streets for the children, and one can see the Pilgrimage, a play about the life of Jesus Christ. People go out to watch the youth who perform the play. For the people, that day is one of repentance and forgiveness, and a day to enjoy oneself and forgive others.

One of the members of this group is Maria Emiliana. She is 49, and known for being a friendly, hard-working woman, who is very proud of her roots and her business.

Emilia, as she is better known by her fellow group members, sells soft drinks and tamales. She has been selling soft drinks and tamales for 20 years.

What she likes best about selling tamales is the preparation. Emilia tells us that the tamales are prepared in the following way: First, heat the banana leaves and clean them. Then prepare the chili, adding add half an onion, puya and gaguillo chilis, garlic; then grind them together. Then wash the chicken meat and put it, together with the prepared chili on a large platter. Prepare the dough adding lard. To make a tortilla out of the dough, you place the leaf down, and put a bit of the dough on top and flatten it. Add both the chili and the chicken. Fold the leaf into the shape of a tamale, and put all of this together on the fire. Wait for them to cook, take them out of the pot, and let people know you have tamales, so that your customers come and buy from you.

Emiliana has six children: Maria de Jesús, Moisés, Eleazar, Francisco, Angelo and Juan José. They motivate her to keep going, as she really loves them and wants them to always count on her. Emiliana is happily married to Eleazar, 51, a friendly and hard-working man.

Emiliana also tells us that she sells handmade tortillas, yet doesn't intend to return to the tortilla business: only when she has orders for them. She doesn't make tortillas every day, because making them is hard on the the lungs.

Emiliana also sells food, chicken mole (chicken in a spicy sauce), chicken soup, fish soup, barbecued meat, and abobo de marrano (marinated pork).

Emiliana requested the loan to buy more soft drinks and more ingredients for making tamales. She is very grateful to the Foundation for helping her earn her daily living.

The other members of the group are: Rocio, who sells candy; Elizabeth, who sells Mexican snack foods; Ignacia, who sells Mexican snack foods; Adela, who sells clothing; Adelaida, who sells clothing; and Maria de Jesús, who sells chickens.

They give thanks to the Foundation for helping them to appreciate things and benefit from life.

In this group: Rocio , Elizabeth, Ignacia , Adela , Adelaida , Maria Emiliana , Maria De Jesus

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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