A loan of $7,625 helped a member to purchase ingredients for making food.


Las Mariposas Group's story

This communal bank is called "Las Mariposas" (The Butterflies). It is made up of thirteen indigenous women who want to improve their social condition. They speak Mixtec and wear traditional skirts and shawls.
The members of this group are natives of a town called Santa Catarina Mechoacan. It is a small town with a lot of green trees. There is a very beautiful river, as you enter the community.
The name of the town, Santa Catarina Mechoacan, means "fishing town" in Mixtec. The members of the communal bank tell us that a long time ago the river was full of fish, and the people from the community would fish very early in the morning.
One of the members of the communal bank is Señora Maria de Jesús. She is fifty-six years old and is a hardworking indigenous woman. She is a little shy but very friendly. She earns a living making and selling bread.
Señora Maria de Jesús tells us that she has been selling bread for twenty years. What she likes best about her business is making the bread, which she does with love.
She makes her bread in an earthen oven (which is in the background of the above photo). She sells the bread in the Rió Grande community every third day. What she doesn't like is that she gets overheated making the bread and that her back aches, as she carries the tray of bread on her back as she sells it door to door. Sometimes, though, she takes orders, and she always tries to deliver on time.
One of Señora Maria de Jesús's dreams and goals is to modernize her equipment so that she doesn't get so overheated or tired. She does get a little tired, because of her age.
One of her challenges is exapnding her business. She wants to have employees make the bread and deliver it to more communities besides Rió Grande.
She also tells us that she will use the loan to purchase more bread-making ingredients, like: yeast, milk, baking powder, sugar, butter and lard.
The loan will also help her improve her house, since her earnings have enabled her to fix it up, to make it more resistant.
Señora Maria de Jesús is very grateful to the Foundation for the help they have given her to make her life better and meet her goals and dreams.
The other members of the communal bank are:
Zoila- who makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Margarita Rogelia- makes her living selling bread.
Lucina- makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Maria- makes her living offering carpentry services.
Inés Aurelia- makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Candelaria- makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Amalia- makes her living selling bread.
Beatriz- makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Micaela- makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Josefa- makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Isabel- makes her living selling Mexican snacks.
Margarita- makes her living selling bread.
They give their thanks to the Foundation for helping the Mixtec people.

In this group: Zoila, Margarita Rogelia, Lucina, Maria, Maria De Jesus, Ines Aurelia, Candelaria, Amalia, Beatriz, Micaela, Josefa, Isabel, Margarita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal


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