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A loan of $1,525 helped a member purchase ingredients to make tamales and napkins.

Las Palomas 1 Group's story

This group is called "Las Palomas 1" (The Doves 1) and is composed of four humble, indigenous people who want to get ahead in life for themselves and their families.They are natives of a small town called San Juanito in the municipality of San Juan Jicayan, where the majority of citizens speak the Mixteco language. One of this community's traditions is the town party that is celebrated on July 24, which is Santiago Apóstol Day.

One of the women is a seamstress and the men grow corn. One of the group members is Beatriz, who is 25 years old. She is a quiet and happy person. Beti, as her group members know her, tells us that she has been selling napkins and tamales for five years now. The different kinds of tamales she makes are: tichinda (black clams), shrimp, chicken, fish and pork ribs.

The people go to buy tamales at her house. She sells them 3 times a week and her customers already know on which days she sells them. What she likes most about her business is when she prepares the chile that she puts on the meat. It gives a good flavor without being too spicy.

One of the things that hinders her business is that she sometimes does not have the resources to buy the necessary ingredients to make her tamales.
She is taking out the loan to buy more ingredients to make tamales, such as: green chile, dried chile, tomato, onion, garlic, banana leaves to wrap the tamal in.

She is grateful to the Fundación for its support and above all, for helping indigenous women. They don't discriminate against anyone for their language or for the way they dress.

The other group members are: Patricia - she sells embroidery, Cresenciano - she sells cattle, Ernestina - she sells fish. They are grateful to the Fundación for helping all those people who wish to better themselves.

In this group: Beatriz , Patricia , Cresenciano , Ernestina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michelle Burns

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