A loan of $5,175 helped a member to buy ingredients and coffee.

El Atardecer Group's story

This group is called “El Atardecer” (Dusk) and it’s composed of seven hardworking, indigenous people who want to improve their own, their families’ and their fellow countrymen’s lives. All are from Pinotepa Nacional. For them, their location is a land of humble, hardworking people with the desire of improving their children’s future. The local style of dress is huipil [traditional embroidered blouse] and apron and the men wear unbleached cotton pants.

One of the group members is Agustina, 49. She’s noted for being an unassuming, humble person with a desire to help her family.

Doña Tina, as her group members call her, has been making “memelitas de manteca” (Mexican snack) for the last 20 years. For her, her business is one of the best gifts God has given her; she works with love and dedication.

She tells us that she rises very early, at four in the morning. She washes her corn and grinds it for masa since she has a mill at home (shown in the photo). Then, she takes her lard and coffee to the market accompanied by her husband, Javier, and her daughter, Guadalupe.

Arriving at the market she prepares the dough in a large tray and adds the lard and salt. Then she puts the coffee on the fire while she prepares the memelitas de Manteca. Her daughter, Guadalupe, goes out to sell them among the stands in the market.

At six in the morning one of her coworkers, Audelia, arrives to help her make the memelitas while Doña Tina heads out to sell them at the entrance to the market; she takes her tray of memelitas and her jug of coffee.

She tells us that she enjoys her business very much; it’s something that she loves very much and that has helped her provide a better life for her family.

She requested the loan to buy more ingredients to make the memelitas like: two sacks of sugar, one bag of coffee because she sells coffee to go with the memelitas, ten bags of corn, three tubs of lard and two loads of firewood.

She comments that she’s very grateful to the Fundación for helping all the indigenous people and workers who earn their daily bread with their work to provide for their families.

The other group members are:

Alejandrina-sells food.
Ana Laura-sells soft-drinks.
Guadalupe-sells Mexican fast food snacks.
Zeferina-sells perfume.
Audelia- sells Mexican fast food snacks.
German Enrique –sells costume jewelry.

They thank the Fundación for helping all the humble, hardworking women with the desire to improve their lives.

In this group: Alejandrina, Ana Laura, Guadalupe, Zeferina, Audelia, Agustina, German Enrique

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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